health interventions, clinical trials, behavior change models, photovoice, ethnography, narratives, theory, public health
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An overemphasis on clinical trials and behavior change models has narrowed the knowledge base that can be used to design interventions. The overarching point is that the process of overanalyzing variables is impeding the process of gaining insight into the everyday experiences that shape how people define health and seek treatment. This claim is especially important to health decision-making and behavior change because subtle interpretations often influence the decisions that people make. This manuscript provides a critique of traditional approaches to developing health interventions, and theoretically justifies what and why changes are warranted. The limited scope of these models is also discussed, and an argument is made to adopt a strategy that includes the perceptions of people as necessary for understanding health and health-related decision-making. Three practical strategies are suggested to be used with the more standard approaches to assessing the effectiveness and relevance of health interventions.
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International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, v. 9, art. 24743
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Rigg, Khary K.; Cook, Hilary H.; and Murphy, John W., "Expanding the Scope and Relevance of Health Interventions: Moving Beyond Clinical Trials and Behavior Change Models" (2014). Mental Health Law & Policy Faculty Publications. 822.