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Title: Nutri-action Analysis as a Research Strategy to Improve Nutrition Information, Education and Communication Interventions in Asia
Authors: Suttilak Smitasiri
Sakorn Dhanamitta
Mahidol University
Keywords: Environmental Science;Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Sep-1996
Citation: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences. Vol.9, No.2-3 (1996), 290-295
Abstract: What is lacking in nutrition information, education and communication (IEC) work today is accurate knowledge about the processes which bring about beneficial nutritional behavior changes. In this paper, Nutri-action Analysis is proposed as a mechanism for nutrition planners to gain this knowledge and seek ways to improve the effectiveness of nutrition IEC interventions. It suggests that a more holistic and dynamic approach is necessary to conceptualize nutrition IEC and increase its effectiveness in bringing about changes in behaviors which lead to nutritional status improvement. Nutri-Action Analysis, as a research strategy, is illustrated by a three-stage procedure: (i) pre-action, (ii) action, and (iii) post-action. This process leads investigators to begin conducting a macro-analysis of nutrition IEC in general and within their specific contexts in order to understand the system and identify the best approach to be adopted for a nutrition IEC intervention in their particular context. What is discovered should then be tested in a community-based operational research study using both quantitative and qualitative data so that it is possible to subsequently conduct a synthesis focusing on process determinants.
ISSN: 08953988
Appears in Collections:Scopus 1991-2000

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