Author(s): OLoughlin J, Renaud L, Richard L, Gomez LS, Paradis G
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: This study investigated factors related to the perceived sustainability of 189 heart health promotion interventions initiated by a public health department or research initiative and implemented in a variety of organizations across Canada. METHODS: Data were collected in a telephone survey of key informants from schools, restaurants, grocery stores, health care facilities, and sports facilities that had implemented a heart health promotion intervention (risk factor screening, courses for smoking cessation, healthy eating or physical activity, support groups to promote healthy lifestyles, environmental modification, dissemination of information) in the past 8 years. RESULTS: Overall, 43.6\% of 189 interventions were perceived to be very permanent, 34.8\% were somewhat permanent, and 21.5\% were not permanent. Independent correlates of perceived sustainability included intervention used no paid staff (odds ratio (OR) 95\% confidence interval (95\% Cl) = 3.7 (1.8, 7.5)), intervention was modified during implementation (OR (95\% Cl) = 2.7 (1.4, 5.0)), there was a good fit between the local provider and the intervention (OR (95\% Cl) = 2.4 (1.2, 5.0)), and there was the presence of a program champion (OR (95\% Cl) = 2.3 (1.2, 4.4)). CONCLUSION: Consideration of these factors by health promotion program planners could increase the potential for sustainability of health promotion interventions implemented in the community. Copyright 1998 American Health Foundation and Academic Press.
This article was published in Prev Med
and referenced in Journal of Health & Medical Informatics