Empowerment for Village Health Volunteers on Health Behavior Change for High-risk Group with Hypertension
This action research aimed to develop the potential of village health volunteers (VHVs) to support behavior change in the high-risk group with hypertension in the community. The study was conducted between December 2017 and August 2018. The participants consisted of 56 volunteers, 25 nurses, 3 public health technical officers, and 102 high-risk groups with hypertension. The operation was composed of 2 phases; 1) The empowerment of VHVs, which was the development of potential through a training program for VHVs specialist in health behavior modification, and participatory learning for increasing awareness and skill through home visit, the care plan, and building prototype community on health promotion. 2) The behavior modification for high-risk group with hypertension, implements them in proactive community services, and expanded learning areas by opening community classrooms.
The results for development were a training program for VHVS specialist in health behavior modification, and care plan. The systematic results, there was a guideline for behavior modification guidelines for high-risk groups with hypertension. The nursing care results, such as the VHVs had significantly increased for perceived severity and health behaviors to prevent hypertension, the high-risk groups had significantly increased for health behavior and the blood pressure levels were significantly increased for normally level. In summary, this model was recommended to modify behavior for a high-risk group with hypertension in the community.
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