Views of policy makers and health promotion professionals on factors facilitating implementation and maintenance of interventions and policies promoting physical activity and healthy eating: results of the DEDIPAC project

Saskia Muellmann , Berit Steenbock , Katrien De Cocker , Marieke De Craemer , Catherine B. Hayes , Miriam P. O’Shea , Karolina Horodyska , Justyna Bell , Aleksandra Łuszczyńska , Gun Roos , Lars Jørun Langøien , Gro Rugseth , Laura Terragni , Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij , Johannes Brug , Claudia R. Pischke


Background: The uptake, implementation, and maintenance of effective interventions promoting physical activity (PA) and a healthy diet and the implementation of policies targeting these behaviors are processes not well understood. We aimed to gain a better understanding of what health promotion professionals and policy makers think are important factors facilitating adoption, implementation, and maintenance of multi-level interventions and policies promoting healthy eating and PA in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Norway, and Poland. Methods: Six interventions and six policies were identified based on pre-defined criteria. Forty semi-structured interviews were conducted with stakeholders from various sectors to elicit information on factors impacting adoption, implementation, and maintenance of these interventions and policies. All interview transcripts were coded in NVivo, using a common categorization matrix. Coding in the respective countries was done by one researcher and validated by a second researcher. Results: Active involvement of relevant stakeholders and good communication between coordinating organizations were described as important factors contributing to successful adoption and implementation of both interventions and policies. Additional facilitating factors included sufficient training of staff and tailoring of materials to match needs of various target groups. The respondents indicated that maintenance of implemented interventions/policies depended on whether they were embedded in existing or newly created organizational structures in different settings and whether continued funding was secured. Conclusions: Despite considerable heterogeneity of interventions and health policies in the five countries, stakeholders across these countries identify similar factors facilitating adoption, implementation, and maintenance of these interventions and policies.
Author Saskia Muellmann
Saskia Muellmann,,
, Berit Steenbock
Berit Steenbock,,
, Katrien De Cocker
Katrien De Cocker,,
, Marieke De Craemer
Marieke De Craemer,,
, Catherine B. Hayes
Catherine B. Hayes,,
, Miriam P. O’Shea
Miriam P. O’Shea,,
, Karolina Horodyska (Filia we Wrocławiu / II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu)
Karolina Horodyska,,
- II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu
, Justyna Bell
Justyna Bell,,
, Aleksandra Łuszczyńska (Filia we Wrocławiu / II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu)
Aleksandra Łuszczyńska,,
- II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu
, Gun Roos
Gun Roos,,
et al.`
Journal seriesBMC Public Health, ISSN 1471-2458, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.7
Keywords in EnglishMulti-level intervention, Policy, Physical activity, Diet, Adoption, Implementation, Maintenance, DEDIPAC, Europe, Case studies
ASJC Classification2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Languageen angielski
26. Łuszczyńska, Horodyska, Muellmann_2017_BMC PH.pdf 464.8 KB
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26a. Oświadczenie_publ Luszczynska grudzien 2017b.pdf 343.32 KB
26a. oświadczenie Horodyska.pdf 264.49 KB
Score (nominal)35
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.259; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.42 (2) - 2017=3.039 (5)
Citation count*17 (2020-11-29)
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