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ERIC Number: EJ897785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0268-1153
Outcome Effectiveness of the Lay Health Advisor Model among Latinos in the United States: An Examination by Role
Ayala, Guadalupe X.; Vaz, Lara; Earp, Jo Anne; Elder, John P.; Cherrington, Andrea
Health Education Research, v25 n5 p815-840 Oct 2010
The objective of this study was to examine lay health advisor (LHA) programs designed to promote health among US Latinos and the extent to which educator-only versus educator-plus-bridge programs differed in designs and outcomes achieved. Two independent coders reviewed 128 published articles on LHAs yielding information at two levels: (i) study design and participant and LHA characteristics from 61 studies that broadly compared educator-only versus educator-plus-bridge programs and (ii) implementation features and outcomes from 17 randomized controlled trials or quasi-experimental studies with outcome data. LHA programs have been widely used with Latinos in certain US regions; our findings indicate that LHAs are effective intervention agents. We identified differences between educator-only and educator-plus-bridge LHA programs, although the small number of educator-plus-bridge programs with outcome data limited comparisons. Major gaps remain in research targeting Latino subgroups other than Mexican immigrants/Mexican Americans. Sufficient research has evaluated LHA programs among Latinos on their ability to achieve health behavior and/or health status changes. In the future, more of a focus on organizational and policy changes is warranted. Questions remain about diversity in LHAs' characteristics and roles, which influence not only outcomes but also program sustainability and dissemination.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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