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'Get Your Life Back': process and impact evaluation of an asthma social marketing campaign targeting older adults

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Abstract


  • Background: Asthma in older adults is underdiagnosed and poorly self-managed. This population has little

    knowledge about the key symptoms, the prevalence among older adults, and the serious consequences of

    untreated asthma. The purpose of this study was to undertake a multifaceted evaluation of a social marketing

    campaign to increase asthma awareness among older adults in a regional Australian community.

    Methods: A cohort of older adults in an intervention region (n = 316) and a control region (n = 394) were surveyed

    immediately prior to and following the social marketing campaign. Campaign awareness, message recall, materials

    recognition, and actions taken as a result of the campaign were assessed in both regions. Asthma knowledge and

    perceptions, experience of asthma symptoms, and general health were also assessed in both regions at baseline

    and follow-up. Analyses were conducted to explore the effects of the campaign in the intervention region, and to

    examine outcomes among different audience segments.

    Results: The survey data showed that those in the target segments (Wheezers and Strugglers) had better message

    recall, and were more likely to report having taken action to control their respiratory symptoms. The campaign

    significantly increased the number of calls to an asthma information line from the target audience in the

    intervention community.

    Conclusions: A theory-based social marketing campaign conducted over 3-months increased the asthma

    information seeking behaviours of older adults in the intervention community compared to the control community.

    Recommendations are outlined for future community health promotion campaigns targeting older adults.

UOW Authors


  •   Evers, Uwana (external author)
  •   Jones, Sandra C. (external author)
  •   Iverson, Donald C.
  •   Caputi, Peter

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Evers, U., Jones, S. C., Iverson, D. & Caputi, P. (2013). 'Get Your Life Back': process and impact evaluation of an asthma social marketing campaign targeting older adults. BMC Public Health, 13 759-1-759-12.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1378&context=sspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/379

Start Page


  • 759-1

End Page


  • 759-12

Volume


  • 13

Abstract


  • Background: Asthma in older adults is underdiagnosed and poorly self-managed. This population has little

    knowledge about the key symptoms, the prevalence among older adults, and the serious consequences of

    untreated asthma. The purpose of this study was to undertake a multifaceted evaluation of a social marketing

    campaign to increase asthma awareness among older adults in a regional Australian community.

    Methods: A cohort of older adults in an intervention region (n = 316) and a control region (n = 394) were surveyed

    immediately prior to and following the social marketing campaign. Campaign awareness, message recall, materials

    recognition, and actions taken as a result of the campaign were assessed in both regions. Asthma knowledge and

    perceptions, experience of asthma symptoms, and general health were also assessed in both regions at baseline

    and follow-up. Analyses were conducted to explore the effects of the campaign in the intervention region, and to

    examine outcomes among different audience segments.

    Results: The survey data showed that those in the target segments (Wheezers and Strugglers) had better message

    recall, and were more likely to report having taken action to control their respiratory symptoms. The campaign

    significantly increased the number of calls to an asthma information line from the target audience in the

    intervention community.

    Conclusions: A theory-based social marketing campaign conducted over 3-months increased the asthma

    information seeking behaviours of older adults in the intervention community compared to the control community.

    Recommendations are outlined for future community health promotion campaigns targeting older adults.

UOW Authors


  •   Evers, Uwana (external author)
  •   Jones, Sandra C. (external author)
  •   Iverson, Donald C.
  •   Caputi, Peter

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Evers, U., Jones, S. C., Iverson, D. & Caputi, P. (2013). 'Get Your Life Back': process and impact evaluation of an asthma social marketing campaign targeting older adults. BMC Public Health, 13 759-1-759-12.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1378&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/379

Start Page


  • 759-1

End Page


  • 759-12

Volume


  • 13