Review of Health Promotion Interventions

The purpose of the study was to describe existing health promotion interventions for people with disabilities and recommend areas for future study.

Methods

We conducted a review of the literature on community - based health promotion interventions for people with disabilities. The review focused on mobility, sensory, and cognitive disabilities.

Results

The review included 79 studies published in 77 articles between 1986 and 2006.  The review identified a range of health promotion interventions addressing such areas as physical activity, nutrition, medication management, oral health, sleep and rest, sexual health, and emotional health.  While health promotion research for people with disabilities is still a new field, the findings showed a rapid increase in published studies in the more recent years.

Further Reading About New Measure

Evidence-Based Health Promotion Interventions for People with Disabilities Brief from our 2008 State of the Science Conference Proceedings.

Read the report of our review of health promotion programs for people with disabilities.

Journal Articles

Heller T, McCubbin JA, Drum CE, Peterson JJ. Physical activity and nutrition health promotion interventions: What is working for people with intellectual disabilities? Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 2011;49(1):26-36.

White GW, Gonda C, Peterson JJ, Drum CE, the Expert Panel on Disability and Health Promotion Interventions. Secondary analysis of a scoping review of health promotion interventions for persons with disabilities: Do health promotion interventions for people with mobility impairments address secondary condition reduction and increased community participation? Disability and Health Journal 2011;4:129-139.

Rimmer JH, Chen M, McCubbin JA, Drum CE, Peterson JJ, the Expert Panel on Disability and Health Promotion Interventions. Exercise intervention research on persons with disabilities: What we know and where we need to go.  American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2010;89(3):249-263.