PVS: Innovative Programs For Healthy Lifestyle Promotion in Primary Care: 'Prescribe Healthy Life' (PVS)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified July 2013 by Basque Health Service.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Gonzalo Grandes, Basque Health Service
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: June 1, 2011
Last updated: July 23, 2013
Last verified: July 2013
The potential health gains from healthy lifestyles are very well-known, What is still not known is how to help people to adopt these lifestyles, by means of brief interventions feasible in routine general practice. This study was designed to explore the feasibility and potential efficacy of innovative programs for the promotion physical activity, diet and smoking abstinence in primary care. The investigators hypothesize that collegiate planning between practitioners, researchers and managers, with a socio-ecological perspective and taking into account the real context of collaborating centers, will guarantee the sustainability and effectiveness of these programs.

Condition Intervention Phase
Health Promotion
Health Education
Patient Education
Behavior Therapy
Health Behavior
Behavioral: PVS: Programa de Vida Saludable
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Feasibility and Potential Effectiveness of Innovative Programs for Health Promotion in Primary Care: The 'Prescribe Healthy Life' Project (PVS)

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Further study details as provided by Basque Health Service:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • adoption of the minimum recommended levels of physical activity, fruits and vegetables consumption and smoking abstinence [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    Change in at least one and number of modified lifestyle behaviors

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Perceived preventive practice [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    self reported change in preventive practices delivered by primary care professionals

Estimated Enrollment: 1366
Study Start Date: June 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: PVS intervention Behavioral: PVS: Programa de Vida Saludable
Lifestyle counseling and prescription
No Intervention: Control group

Detailed Description:

BACKGROUND: Primary health care (PHC) services provide special opportunities for healthy lifestyles promotion. Yet, despite its potential impact health promotion is not widespread and the results obtained are limited.

OBJECTIVE: To explore the feasibility and potential efficacy of a program for the promotion physical activity, diet and smoking abstinence in PHC, innovative for its collegiate planning between practitioners, researchers and managers, with a socio-ecological perspective and taking into account the real context of collaborating centers.

DESIGN AND LOCATION: quasi-experimental clinical trial in Phase II, conducted in 8 PHC centers (4 intervention and 4 control), with the collaboration of the majority of primary care professionals within each center, and the participation of 1366 participants randomly selected from the target population. INTERVENTION CENTRES: Each of the intervention centers will pilot during 1 year an intervention program to manage the multiple lifestyle behaviors (sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet, and smoking), consisting of multiple active ingredients based on main theoretical models of behavior change and fundamentally, in the 5As strategy (Ask, Advise, Agree, Assist and Arrange follow-up), and modeled by professionals in each intervention center, according to their priority needs, and including community resources and agents.

CONTROL CENTRES: usual care as dictated by clinical guidelines MEASUREMENTS: Patients will be followed during 12 months with 3 repeated measurements at baseline, 6 and 12 months. Programs' feasibility will be evaluated in terms of adoption, implementation and acceptability at professional level, and in terms of reach, exposure and acceptability at patient level. Regarding potential effectiveness, the observed change in patients' adoption of the minimum recommended level of the healthy lifestyle and the observed change in healthy lifestyles promotion practice of professionals through the Preventive Activities Questionnaire, will be assessed.

ANALYSIS: the investigators will compare intervention and control centers in the implementation rate of planned activities, the proportion of users exposed and the observed change in users' healthy lifestyles. Within the intervention group, the investigators will compare centers, each with different intensities of the programs components, to explore tolerable levels. Consensus techniques will be used to explore professionals' perceptions of program components usefulness.


Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years to 65 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • primary care attendees not meeting at least one of the healthy lifestyles recommendations
  • 10 to 65 years old

Exclusion Criteria:

  • psychotic mental disorders
  • brain degenerative disorders
  • mental retardation
  • cognitive impairment
  • dementia
  • end of life
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01365026

Primary Care Research Unit of Bizkaia
Bilbao, Spain, E48014
Sponsors and Collaborators
Basque Health Service
Principal Investigator: Gonzalo Grandes, MD, MS Basque Health Service
  More Information

Responsible Party: Gonzalo Grandes, MD, MSC Epidemiology, Basque Health Service
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01365026     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PS09/01461  2009111072  G03/170 RD06/0018  CAIBERCAI08/01/00 
Study First Received: June 1, 2011
Last Updated: July 23, 2013

Keywords provided by Basque Health Service:
Healthy Lifestyle
Health promotion
Action Plan
Primary Health Care

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on January 19, 2017