Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Million Hearts in Colorado: New Study Finds Web-Based Programs as Effective as In-Person Counseling

This month's Science-in-Brief summarizes a study that assessed the efficacy of an intervention to reduce coronary Heart Disease (CHD) risk delivered either in-person or via a Web-based program. In the study, participants chose at least one of four strategies for CHD risk reduction: dietary changes, physical activity, smoking cessation, or medication counseling.

After evaluating CHD risk reduction using each participant’s Framingham Risk Score (FRS) at baseline and after 4 months and 12 months of follow-up, the authors found a statistically significant and lasting reduction in CHD risk for participants in both study groups.

Participants’ CHD risk decreased in both formats, but the Web-based intervention cost less to carry out. This finding suggests that Web-based interventions to reduce CHD risk could fill gaps in counselor availability and allow these individuals to focus attention on participants’ harder-to-change behaviors. Populations with limited access to physical clinic locations also could benefit from Web-based interventions.

Colorado participates in the Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. You can participate too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

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