Health programs in faith-based organizations: are they effective?

Auteur(s) :
Quesenberry Cp JR., Dehaven MJ., Hunter IB., Wilder L., Walton JW.
Date :
Juin, 2004
Source(s) :
American journal of public health. #94:6 p1030-1036
Adresse :
Division of Community Medicine, Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 6263 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75390-9067, USA.

Sommaire de l'article

OBJECTIVES: We examined the published literature on health programs in faith-based organizations to determine the effectiveness of these programs. METHODS: We conducted a systematic literature review of articles describing faith-based health activities. Articles (n = 386) were screened for eligibility (n = 105), whether a faith-based health program was described (n = 53), and whether program effects were reported (28). RESULTS: Most programs focused on primary prevention (50.9%), general health maintenance (25.5%), cardiovascular health (20.7%), or cancer (18.9%). Significant effects reported included reductions in cholesterol and blood pressure levels, weight, and disease symptoms and increases in the use of mammography and breast self-examination. CONCLUSIONS: Faith-based programs can improve health outcomes. Means are needed for increasing the frequency with which such programs are evaluated and the results of these evaluations are disseminated.

Publication Types:
Review, Academic

Source : Pubmed