June 23, 2014 – Welcome to RE-AIM.org!
Twenty-five RE-AIM articles have already been published in 2014. One recent Spring addition was a methods paper by Bruun et al (2014). In this manuscript the authors report the proposed evaluation methods of a community-based recreational football program to promote quality of life and physical activity adherence for prostate cancer survivors. Specifically, both their methods and Figure 1 do a remarkable job of highlighting the use of RE-AIM as a guiding framework for their outcome evaluation.
(Figure 1 from Bruun et al., 2014 published in Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 5567-5585; doi:10.3390/ijerph110605567).
This transparency in the measures they chose, and how each measure aligns with the respective dimension of RE-AIM, allows the audience to follow their rationale and related outcomes. Using the RE-AIM Framework will allow the authors to explore outcomes related to individual and system-level to ultimately explore long-term health promotion options for prostate cancer survivors. They do this by intervening within the real-world context of an ongoing community-based program and focusing on evaluating both the internal and external validity of the intervention. Team
Until next time,
Samantha Harden and the RE-AIM Workgroup