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Meta-Analysis of Web-Delivered, Tailored Health Behavior Change Interventions

Title: A Meta-Analysis of Web-Delivered, Tailored Health Behavior Change Interventions.
Name(s): Lustria, Mia, author
Noar, Seth M., author
Cortese, Juliann, author
Van Stee, Stephanie, author
Glueckauf, Robert L., author
Lee, Junga, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Background: Web-based, tailored intervention programs show considerable promise in effecting health-promoting behaviors and improving health outcomes across a variety of medical conditions and patient populations. Purpose: This meta-analysis compares the effects of tailored versus non-tailored, web-based interventions on health behaviors, and explores the influence of key moderators on treatment outcomes. Methods: Forty experimental and quasi-experimental studies (N = 20,180) met criteria for inclusion and were analyzed using meta-analytic procedures. Results: The findings indicated that web- based, tailored interventions effected significantly greater improvement in health outcomes as compared to control conditions both at post-testing, d = .139 (95% CI = .111, .166, p<.001, k = 40) and at follow-up, d = .158 (95% CI = .124, .192, p<.001, k = 21). No evidence of publication bias was found. Conclusions: These results provided further support for the differential benefits of tailored web-based interventions over non-tailored approaches. Analysis of participant/descriptive, intervention, and methodological moderators shed some light on factors that may be important to the success of tailored interventions. Implications of these findings and directions for future research are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_slis_faculty_publications-0013 (IID), 10.1080/10810730.2013.768727 (DOI)
Keywords: Internet, web-based, tailoring, intervention, health behavior change
Note: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the Journal of Health Communication 2013 © Taylor & Francis, available online at 10.1080/10810730.2013.768727.
Citation: Lustria, M. L. A., Noar, S. M., Cortese, J., van Stee, S., Glueckauf, R. L., & Lee, J. (2013). A meta-analysis of web-delivered tailored health behavior change interventions. Journal of Health Communication, 18(9), 1039-1069. doi:10.1080/10810730.2013.768727
Subject(s): Information storage and retrieval systems -- Medical care
Information science
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: iSchool Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Journal of Health Communication.
Issue: 9, 18

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Lustria, M., Noar, S. M., Cortese, J., Van Stee, S., Glueckauf, R. L., & Lee, J. (2013). A Meta-Analysis of Web-Delivered, Tailored Health Behavior Change Interventions. Journal Of Health Communication. Retrieved from