A Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Lifestyle Related Risk Factors for Non-Communicable Diseases through Funeral Societies in Sri Lanka

  • Thushani Marie Elizabeth Dabrera Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition, Sri Lanka
  • Arunasalem Pathmeswaran Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
  • Anuradhani Kasturirathna Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Gayani Tillekeratne Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, USA
  • Truls Østbye Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, USA

Resumo

A cluster randomized controlled trial was conducted to change diet, physical activity, smoking and alcohol consumption among participants through funeral societies in the Western Province. Twenty one administrative subdivisions in the Ragama area were randomized into intervention and control groups. Ten administrative subdivisions in the North Western Province were selected as an additional control group. The primary outcome was change in the proportion of individuals who consumed 5 servings or more of fruits and vegetables per day. The study showed only a modest, not significant increase in the proportion of people consuming 5 servings of fruits and vegetables or more per day. Of the secondary outcomes assessed, their intake of green leaves and mean MET minutes spent on leisure activities increased significantly more in the intervention group than in the control groups, but the differences were small. To effectively reduce non-communicable diseases (NCD) in Sri Lanka, community-based organizations could be utilized to deliver prevention programs.

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Biografia do Autor

Thushani Marie Elizabeth Dabrera, Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition, Sri Lanka
Works as a consultant community physician and regional epidemiologist for the Ministry of Health of Sri lanka. My interests are epidemiology of communicable and non communicable diseases, role of community in public health and public health policy and planning.
Arunasalem Pathmeswaran, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
Professor in Public Health, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Main interests disease epidemiology and statistcal methods
Anuradhani Kasturirathna, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Interested in chronic disease epidemiology
Gayani Tillekeratne, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, USA
Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, USA. Infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist
Truls Østbye, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, USA
Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, USA. A chronic disease epidemiologist and public health researcher, has a special interest in obesity, diseases of the elderly and global health.
Publicado
29-11-2017
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Dabrera, T. M. E., Pathmeswaran, A., Kasturirathna, A., Tillekeratne, G., & Østbye, T. (2017). A Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Lifestyle Related Risk Factors for Non-Communicable Diseases through Funeral Societies in Sri Lanka. Gestão E Sociedade, 12(31), 2194-2212. https://doi.org/10.21171/ges.v12i31.2287