Evaluation of health promotion programmes in severe mental illness: theory and practice

Fenneke M. van Hasselt, Paul F. M. Krabbe, Maarten J. Postma, Anton J. M. Loonen*

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Abstract

Health promotion programmes for patients with severe mental illness (HPP) are not uniformly evaluated. We discuss the evaluation of HPP in theory and practice, as a prerequisite for future uniform evaluation. We explored the expected outcome and mechanism of HPP in the current literature. Based on this theoretical exploration we selected measures assessing the expected outcome and mechanism in current practice. The individual properties of these measures were described. Based on our theoretical exploration the outcome of HPP can be expressed in several aspects of health. Health can be improved through several mechanisms. In the current evaluation of HPP only some of the expected outcomes were evaluated. The measures used for evaluation were not all representative for the constructs they should assess. Important aspects of HPP are currently not evaluated, based on a comparison between our theoretical exploration of expected outcome and mechanism and current practice. Additionally, not all measures in use are suitable for evaluation of HPP. Therefore, development and identification of suitable measures is necessary. Our framework offers valuable directions for the development of such measures and the future evaluation of HPP. Copyright (c) 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-97
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2015

Keywords

  • mental disorders
  • health services
  • evaluation studies
  • health improvement
  • QUALITY-OF-LIFE
  • BODY-MASS INDEX
  • PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
  • CARDIOVASCULAR RISK
  • METABOLIC SYNDROME
  • SMOKING-CESSATION
  • CARDIORESPIRATORY FITNESS
  • PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES
  • SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION
  • RANDOMIZED-TRIALS

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