In rural areas, self-management health practices among residents can reduce the need for acute-care medical services, which may not be readily available due to lack of services, distance, or lack of transportation. For people with disabilities in rural areas, these can be substantial barriers to receiving adequate health care and preventative health care.
Consumer control and choice are the cornerstones of the independent living philosophy and are quickly becoming a central element of patient-centered health care. Attempts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of consumer choice have led to interventions that use decision support concepts. Decision support provides the consumer with information about the probability of outcomes given the choice between two interventions, something which to date has not been widely used in health promotion research.
This project will use decision support concepts to develop a health promotion app called “Health My Way” that will provide decision support for people with disabilities in rural areas who are unable to participate in other group health promotion workshops due to lack of resources. The goal is to develop a mobile, technology-based ecological health promotion intervention using shared-decision making that Centers for Independent Living (CIL) staff and consumers can use to choose and implement health promotion interventions for common secondary health conditions.
- Project dates: 2013-2018
- Funded by: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Grant No. H133B130028
- Principal staff: Craig Ravesloot, Ph.D., Tracy Boehm, M.P.H., Tannis Hargrove, M.S., Lillie Greiman, M.A.
- Related projects:
- Consumer Self-Managed Use of Rural Healthcare Services
- Living Well with a Disability
- Health Plans to Employment
- Pain Interference Patterns
- Peer Support for Rural Mental Health
- Peer Support for Secondary Mental Health Conditions
- Secondary Conditions
- Working Well with a Disability
- Motivation for Self Management