An Investigation of the Podsmead British Heart Foundation (BHF) Hearty Lives Project

Thomas, Jessica (2016) An Investigation of the Podsmead British Heart Foundation (BHF) Hearty Lives Project. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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Local authorities are best placed to tackle health inequalities at local level, building support and commitment to improve health for all, by promoting uptake and adherence of effective health interventions. Community interventions should reflect the complex nature of health within communities, building evidence and spreading best practice. Research needs to concentrate on ABCD (asset based community development) increasing community assets, working co-production with communities, and shifting away from interventions planned by outside experts and traditional approaches such as the deficit model. A single exploratory interpretive, case study was adopted for this study. Semi-structured interviews were carried out using open-ended questions, conducted with stakeholders (n=5), local government employees, teachers, charity workers, and Podsmead residents engaged in the project (n=4), participants who had successfully engaged in more than 3 sessions and non-engagers (n=4), participants who have disengaged from activity. Two overarching themes emerged through data analysis, theme 1, Accomplishments of the Hearty Lives Project highlighted. Existing expertise, knowledge and experience fostered successful interventions and reflected ABCD principles. Engaging in a safe, nonthreatening, non-nurtured environment allowed engagers to explore their health behaviours. Social connectedness allowed engagers to discover other aspects of their life that needed addressing, with confidence. Overarching theme 2, Problems of the Hearty Lives Project encountered. Stakeholder's good health behaviour intention for their intervention was a secondary outcome, project aims and objectives were not communicated and reflective of ABCD. Personal environment and issues within the environment contributed to disengaging, as well as the wider determinants of health, a contributing factor to non-engagement. Overall research limitations, limited evidence on ABCD for health and best practice remains scarce, ABCD continues to be a debatable approach and hard to define in practice, this as a result threatened the successful delivery of the Hearty Lives Project. As a result there is a lack of ability to generalise or imply rigorously the ABCD from the data. Future research should consider recruitment processes to informally locate the most socially isolated, vulnerable and diverse groups harnessing the learning for local organisations and local authorities. This study contributes to the knowledge of the impact ABCD has for health and adopting healthier behaviours in community interventions. As well as the impact of community health interventions have at local level thus faciliated by local organisations.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
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Additional Information: Masters by Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health inequalities, Community health intervention; Heart health; England
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2021 16:44
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:09

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