Use of an online personal health record’s Track Health function to promote positive lifestyle behaviors in Veterans with prediabetes

Joseph Sharit, Thaer Idrees, Allen D. Andrade, Ramanakumar Anam, Chandana Karanam, Willy Valencia, Hermes J Florez, Jorge G. Ruiz

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This pilot 3-month clinical trial investigated the feasibility, effectiveness, and acceptability of using the Track Health function of the Veterans Health Administration’s personal health record for eliciting a more positive physical activity and dietary intake lifestyle in a sample of 38 overweight and obese Veterans with prediabetes. Comparisons between baseline and 3 months post-intervention indicated significant improvements in weight, physical activity, abdominal circumference, and blood pressure. Use of a personal health record that users can identify with and find usable and useful coupled with instruction targeting critical functionalities could potentially promote healthy behavioral lifestyle changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-690
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018



  • intervention
  • lifestyle
  • personal health record
  • prediabetes
  • Veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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