Research

Healthy Lifestyle Management Technologies

Health Lifestyle Management Technologies

Lead PI: Carol A. Fackler, School of Nursing

USM Team Members:

Nancy Baugh, School of Nursing

Janet Whatley Blum, Exercise, Health and Sport Sciences

Clare Bates Congdon, Computer Science

Ann Conley, University Health and Counseling Services

Carol Nemeroff, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Project Abstract:

Effective management of chronic illness is the new paradigm in U.S. healthcare delivery, requiring collaboration across disciplines. While web-based interventions are now utilized in practice to facilitate self-management of chronic illness, there is little published research on the use of such interventions; even less research exists examining the effectiveness of mobile phone applications as a vehicle for illness management. By creating a research cluster that includes academic researchers, treatment clinicians, and community leaders interested and involved in population health promotion, it is possible to develop lifestyle management interventions for those living with or at risk for chronic illness that are comprehensive, attractive, sustainable, and that enhance quality of life. Our technology industry partner is integral to achieve this goal. Because obesity is a risk factor for the development of chronic illness, and because of the expertise of this research cluster in aspects of lifestyle management that would be incorporated into a comprehensive lifestyle management intervention for obesity prevention and management , the cluster will focus on this risk factor in the development of a lifestyle management intervention, using a technology-based application, for college students as the first ‘seed’ project in its strategic action plan.

Defining the success of this project will be based on the evaluation of four outcomes: (1) physical and psychological outcomes of the intervention; (2) evaluation of the IT prototype; (3) student engagement; and (4) ongoing evaluation of cluster member collaboration during the planning, implementation, and evaluation of this project. At the end of the award period we will have the template for comprehensive lifestyle management interventions and an IT prototype to effectively and efficiently deliver that intervention. We will be positioned to be competitive in applying for external funding to further test what we have created, as well as to apply it to other areas of chronic illness.

Research Mission

To support research, scholarship and creative activity to: promote knowledge, discovery and practical application to advance Maine's economy, communities and the quality of life for Maine citizens; to strengthen classroom education and transform the lives of students through real world learning opportunities; and to support faculty and staff commitment to excellence in scholarly accomplishments regionally, nationally and internationally.