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URAC Awards Pro-Change Gold Award for Best Practices in Health Management

Pro-Change Behavior Systems was presented the Gold Award for Health Management by leading health care accreditation organization, URAC. The honor was announced at the 2009 Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards Gala on April 1-2 in Orlando, Florida. The awards are designed to recognize innovative leadership and successful programs in consumer-focused health care management.

Pro-Change was honored for its LifeStyle Management Program Suite, a set of programs that works with individuals to help them identify their readiness to change in relation to seven behaviors closely tied to preventing and managing chronic disease. The LifeStyle Management programs offer individuals access to a health risk intervention, a computerized tailored intervention, and an interactive stage-matched workbook, all based on the Transtheoretical Model.

Seventy submissions were evaluated by a 27-member panel of prestigious, independent judges including experts in program evaluation, care coordination, health information technology, employer and purchaser decision making and patient safety. Honors were awarded in six categories: Health Plans and Health Networks, Health Management, Health Information/Decision Support, Pharmacy Quality Management, Consumer Decision-Making, and Consumer Health Improvement.

“Our Best Practices awards program is a unique celebration of the best the health care industry has to offer. These companies have made a difference in the lives of consumers by implementing leading-edge programs with results that matter,” said Alan P. Spielman, president and CEO of URAC. “At a time when health care reform is in the spotlight, achievements from companies like Pro-Change are even more important.”

“We are honored to be recognized by URAC,” stated Janice M. Prochaska, President & CEO of Pro-Change. “We appreciate the importance of URAC’s goal to raise the quality and impact of the evidence needed to support health management programs.”

Stress Management Program Recognized by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. today announced that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has included a profile of Pro-Change’s Stress Management Program as part of their Health Care Innovations Exchange.

The Stress Management Program is currently being utilized by HealthString LLC, Quality Health Solutions, Healthways, and Medifit. HealthString’s use of the program is highlighted in the Innovations Exchange profile.

Supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute, the Stress Management Program assists individuals in managing their stress more effectively using practices such as relaxation, exercise, meditation, and social support.

Dr. Kerry Evers of Pro-Change designed the Stress Management Program based on the Transtheoretical Model and studied its effectiveness in a randomized controlled trial with adults from across the United States. At the 18-month follow-up, a significantly larger proportion of the treatment group (62%) was effectively managing their stress when compared to the control group. The intervention also produced significant reductions in stress and depression, and an increase in the use of stress management techniques when compared to the control group.

AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange is a Web-based resource designed to support health care professionals in sharing and adopting innovations that improve health care quality. The Innovations Exchange allows a variety of health practitioners to explore innovative strategies and quality-related tools, learn how to improve their organization’s ability to innovate and adopt new ideas, and interact with innovators and adopters.

The Stress Management Program’s profile is titled ‘Individualized Stress Management Program Encourages Healthy Behaviors and Coping Techniques’. The profile describes in detail how HealthString, LLC uses the Stress Management Program, part of Pro-Change’s LifeStyle Management Programs. HealthString is a personal health network which works to empower individuals to proactively manage their health by enabling behavior changes that lead to a healthier lifestyle. Use of the Stress Management Program allows HealthString clients to work towards that goal.

In response to receiving the AHRQ recognition, Liz Pampel Willock, President, Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer of HealthString stated, “Pro-Change Behavior Systems understands how people make effective and lasting change to improve their health, and HealthString uses several of Pro-Change’s Lifestyle Management Programs with success for our members. The Stress Management Program is a perfect fit for HealthString’s consumer-centered approach: strategic behavior change support and coaching that is dynamically tailored to an individual’s needs.”

To read the full outcome articles see:

Evers, K.E., Prochaska, J.O., Mauriello, L.M., Padula, J.A. and Prochaska, J.M. (2006). A randomized clinical trial of a population and transtheoretical-based stress management intervention. Health Psychology 25 (4), 521-529. abstract

Abstract: Stress has been associated with a variety of chronic and acute conditions and with higher use of health care services. This research reports on 18-month outcomes of a randomized clinical trial of a stress management program based on the transtheoretical model (TTM, J.0. Prochaska & C.C. DiClemente, 1986). A national sample of 1,085 individuals participated (age range = 18-91 years, M = 55.33; 68.9% Female, 31.1% male; 84.8% Caucasian; 15.2% non-Caucasian). Both the treatment and control groups received assessments at 0, 6, 12, and 18 months. In addition to the assessments, the treatment group received 3 individualized reports (0,3,6 months) and a manual. The 18-month assessment was completed by 778 individuals (72%). A random effects model indicated that participants completing the study in the treatment group had significantly more individuals reporting effective stress management at follow-up time points than did completers in the control group. Results also indicate that the intervention had significant effects on stress, depression, and specific stress-management behaviors. Results provide evidence for the effectiveness of this TTM population-based stress-management intervention.

Prochaska, J. O., Butterworth, S., Redding, C. A., Burden, V., Perrin, N., Leo, M. et al. (2008). Initial efficacy of MI, TTM tailoring and HRI’s with multiple behaviors for employee health promotion. Preventive Medicine, 46, 226-231. abstract

Abstract:
Objective: This study was designed to compare the initial efficacy of Motivational Interviewing (MI), Online Transtheoretical Model (TTM)-tailored communications and a brief Health Risk Intervention (HRI) on four health risk factors (inactivity, BMI, stress and smoking) in a worksite sample.
Method: A randomized clinical trial assigned employees to one of three recruitment strategies and one of the three treatments. The treatment protocol included an HRI session for everyone and in addition either a recommended three TTM online sessions or three MI in person or telephone sessions over 6 months. At the initial post-treatment assessment at 6 months, groups were compared on the percentage who had progressed from at risk to taking effective action on each of the four risks.
Results: Compared to the HRI only group, the MI and TTM groups had significantly more participants in the Action stage for exercise and effective stress management and significantly fewer risk behaviors at 6 months. MI and TTM group outcomes were not different.
Conclusion: This was the first study to demonstrate that MI and online TTM could produce significant multiple behavior changes. Future research will examine the long-term impacts of each treatment, their cost effectiveness, effects on productivity and quality of life and process variables mediating outcomes.

Tibbetts Award Presented to Pro-Change

Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc. received a Tibbetts Award in recognition of significant achievements involving technological innovation related to the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR). Pro-Change President & CEO, Janice M. Prochaska, accepted the award at a ceremony in Washington, D. C. on October 10, 2007. Pro-Change was selected for its outstanding SBIR research, dissemination, and commercialization of health behavior change programs funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease and Prevention.

Named for Roland Tibbetts, acknowledged as the father of the SBIR Program, these prestigious national awards are given annually to small firms judged to exemplify the best in SBIR achievement. The Small Business Technology Council (SBTC), a council of the National Small Business Association, is the lead sponsor of the award.

Tibbetts Award
Janice Prochaska with Roland Tibbetts, left and Jere Glover.