Personal Education Program-Next Generation (PEP-NG)

Principal Investigator:  Patricia Neafsey, Ph.D., R.D.

Brief Overview

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 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).

Implementation History

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.

Contact Info

Patricia Neafsey, Ph.D., R.D.
231 Glenbrook Road, U-2026
Storrs, CT 06269
Phone: 860.486.0508