Behavioral Impact of Community Based Cardiovascular ScreeningWeisman SM1, Manganaro AJ2, Reizes JM2*, Garbani NI2, Zywicki S2 and Conte MS3
- *Corresponding Author:
- Joelle M Reizes, MA
Department of Health Communication, Life Line Screening
LLC, 6150 Oak Tree Blvd, Suite 200, Independence, Ohio, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: May 17, 2017; Accepted date: June 12, 2017; Published date: June 14, 2017
Citation: Weisman SM, Manganaro AJ, Reizes JM, Garbani NI, Zywicki S, et al. (2017) Behavioral Impact of Community Based Cardiovascular Screening. J Community Med Health Educ 7:527. doi:10.4172/2161-0711.1000527
Copyright: © 2017 Weisman SM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Introduction: There is a significant burden of chronic disease related to lifestyle factors, such as poor diet and physical inactivity. Preventive community-based health screenings have been shown to improve health behaviors.
Methods: Participants self-selected to receive cardiovascular screening services provided by Life Line Screening, LLC in 2015. In total, 3,267 screening participants were surveyed and utilized for this analysis. Following their initial screening, subjects were contacted to complete a follow-up survey which assessed their behavior modifications. These results were compared to a control group, comprised of 608 screening-naïve individuals contacted in 2016.
Results: Survey results demonstrated a statistically significant difference between screened and unscreened individuals for all follow-up survey questions related to behavioral modifications (e.g. eating healthier foods, increasing exercises, etc.) The follow-up survey comparison of participants with “normal” cardiovascular screening results, versus participants with “abnormal” or “critical” screening results did not generally differ.
Conclusions: Regardless of cardiovascular screening results (i.e. normal, abnormal, or critical), participants generally took action to modify their lifestyle; however, participants with abnormal and critical findings were more likely to report taking all of their medicines as prescribed by their doctor. Furthermore, screening participants were more likely to report making healthy behavior modifications compared to screening-naïve individuals.