Research says the Theory Matters

An article published by the University of Pennsylvania Schools of Medicine and Nursing concluded that “public health and health-promotion interventions that are based on social and behavioral science theories are more effective than those lacking a theoretical base.” (Glanz & Bishop, 2010)

Thrive’s behavior change programs are designed to shift a participant’s behavior to that which increases adherence to their prescribed therapy. In the case of Philips, we saw a 10% increase in adherence, providing cost savings in the millions of dollars

Application of Models

Thrive believes, like the article states, that “long-term changes in health behavior involve multiple actions and adaptations over time. Some people may not be ready to attempt changes, whereas others may have already begun implementing changes in their smoking, diet, activity levels, etc.” (Glanz & Bishop, 2010)

The use of models and measures is a key factor in Thrive programs. Our measurement ability allows us to see where a participant is at in that moment of time. This can be used to design programming for categories of participants and to promote self-awareness in the participant as a coaching technique. 

“Stages of change is a heuristic model that describes a sequence of steps in successful behavior change: precontemplation (no recognition of need for or interest in change), contemplation (thinking about changing), preparation (planning for change), action (adopting new habits), and maintenance (ongoing practice of new, healthier behavior)” (Glanz & Bishop, 2010).

Model Theory

The models Thrive has designed are based on empirical and/or applied evidence of their impact on behavior change. As stated above, participants can be in many stages of change. Our models classify and categorize these stages. Using models such as self-efficacy, self-determination theory, and subjective well-being, Thrive’s programming is more effective and provides more profound results. 

Next Steps

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