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Determinants of Successful Aging: Developing an Integrated Research Agenda for the 21st Century |

Psychosocial Interventions To Improve Successful Aging

S Leonard Syme, PhD
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From University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California.

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Requests for Single Reprints: S. Leonard Syme, PhD, Division of Public Health, Biology & Epidemiology, University of California School of Public Health, 140 Warren Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-7360; e-mail, slsyme@uclink4.berkeley.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2003;139(5_Part_2):400-402. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-139-5_Part_2-200309021-00004
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The goal of research to understand the determinants of health is developing interventions to promote health and prevent disease. Several types of interventions are possible. One type consists of developing government policies and laws that influence health; another type involves medical or surgical treatments. Both types involve the behavior of people, but neither relies heavily on behavioral changes as the basis for implementation. This paper examines a third type of intervention, which requires that people change their behavior to lower disease risk. This type of psychosocial intervention is very difficult. Even when people know about their disease risk factors, they do not necessarily change their behavior to reduce that risk.


aging ; smoking

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