Principal Investigator: Patricia Neafsey, Ph.D., R.D.
Personal Education Program-Next Generation (PEP-NG) is an intuitive, interactive computer-mediated health communication program designed to reduce adverse self-medication behaviors in older adults.
Older adults living with hypertension
Core Components of Intervention
- Mode of Delivery and Duration: Participants used the PEP-NG program during waiting time for a primary care appointment with an APRN (once a month for 4 months)
- Setting: Primary Care (Connecticut, US)
- Theoretical Basis: Social cognitive theory (Bandura, 2001)
- Materials Available: Please visit www.knowmymeds.com and www.adheretx.com to learn more about the PEP-NG licensed solution.
The original validation study for PEP included 85 older adults living with hypertension. Participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups: (1) the PEP plus information booklet, (2) information booklet only, (3) or wait-list control. Users of PEP had significantly greater knowledge and self-efficacy scores than both the information only and control groups across a 6-week follow-up period. The PEP group also reported significantly fewer adverse self-medication behaviors (Neafsey et al., 2002). The revised version, PEP-NG, has been demonstrated to increase self-efficacy and knowledge for avoiding averse self-medication behaviors and lower blood pressure for the majority of its users (Neafsey et al., 2008).
The efficacy of PEP-NG has been recently evaluated in a randomized controlled trial (Neafsey et al., 2010). Please see PEP-NG Publications and Grants for full information about evidence, implementation, and funding.
Patricia Neafsey, Ph.D., R.D.
231 Glenbrook Road, U-2026
Storrs, CT 06269