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Using new technologies to improve the prevention and management of chronic conditions in populations


Oldenburg, B and Taylor, CB and O'Neil, A and Cocker, F and Cameron, LD, Using new technologies to improve the prevention and management of chronic conditions in populations, Annual Review of Public Health, 36 pp. 483-505. ISSN 0163-7525 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031914-122848


Lifestyle factors are important in the development of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes, and chronic disease risk can be reduced by changes in lifestyle behaviors linked to these conditions. The use of mass media and community-wide strategies targeting these behaviors has been extensively evaluated since the 1970s. This review summarizes some examples of interventions and their use of media conducted within the old communications landscape of the 1970s and 1980s and the key lessons learned from their design, implementation, and evaluation. We then consider the potential and evidence base for using contemporary technology applications and platforms-within the new communications landscape-to improve the prevention and management of lifestyle-related chronic diseases in the future. We discuss the implications and adaptation of lessons derived from the ways in which new technologies are being used in commercial and political contexts and their relevance for public health. Finally, we consider some recent examples of applying new technologies to public health issues and consider some of the challenges in this rapidly developing field.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:behavior; chronic disease; health; intervention; noncommunicable disease; prevention; self-management; technology
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Occupational health
UTAS Author:Cocker, F (Dr Fiona Cocker)
ID Code:119880
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:42
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2017-08-07
Last Modified:2017-11-07

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