Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Preventing Waterborne Illnesses: A Behavioral Intervention Using Stages of Change. (Health)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Preventing Waterborne Illnesses: A Behavioral Intervention Using Stages of Change. (Health)

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This research addresses the public health importance of waterborne disease prevention and the effectiveness of prevention strategies in nonoutbreak settings. Because of the popularity of recreational water activities and the concern for the health of swimmers, this research promotes knowledge and skills related to preventing the spread of waterborne disease. The study design was a behavioral intervention to test the effectiveness of a waterborne disease prevention training session. The primary outcome of this study was to advance aquatic staff in stages of behavior change and knowledge in regard to waterborne disease prevention. Outcome measures were assessed by comparison of pre and posttest survey results. A training manual was designed for this intervention and edited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data collection instruments included three questionnaires: a behavior survey to measure stages of change, a waterborne disease knowledge survey and a demographics survey. An evaluation form w as administered after the training session. The stages of change behavior survey assessed each participant's stage in regard to behaviors related to waterborne disease prevention. …

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