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Study Data from University of Oulu Update Knowledge of Diabetes

February 4, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- A new study on Diabetes is now available. According to news reporting out of Oulu, Finland, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "The objective was to determine individual differences in information reception, particularly in perceptions of a fear appeal message strategy and preferences for feedback message tactics. They were investigated as such, and also in relation to age, sex, physical health status (identified by objective measurements of physical fitness, body composition and glucose homeostasis) and changes in health status during a three month intervention trial."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Oulu, "The data were collected in a physical activity intervention trial in Oulu, Finland, in 2010. The research was based on a combination of a self-report questionnaire and objective physical health measurements of pre-diabetic individuals. Perceptions and preferences were examined via a questionnaire at the end of the trial (n = 68, 94.4%). Physical health statuses (physical fitness levels, body mass indexes and fasting blood glucose levels) were obtained before and after the trial. Analysis. The following factors were studied in the statistical analysis: perceptions and preferences in relation to sex, age, physical health status and change in health status during the trial. The differences in perceptions of fear appeal message strategy and preferences for feedback message tactics focus on age, physical health status and success in improving health status during the trial. Those who had improved their health status responded more positively to fear appeal."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The differences found between individuals can be used as a basis for tailoring health information in health promotions."

For more information on this research see: Perceptions of fear appeal and preferences for feedback in tailored health communication: an explorative study among pre-diabetic individuals. Information Research-An International Electronic Journal, 2013;18(3):37-52. Information Research-An International Electronic Journal can be contacted at: Univ Sheffield Dept Information Studies, Univ Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, S Yorks, England.

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting H.P.K. Enwald, University of Oulu, Dept. of Informat Proc Sci, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland. Additional authors for this research include T. Kortelainen, J. Leppaluoto, S. Keinanen-Kiukaanniemi, T. Jamsa, H. Oinas-Kukkonen, K.H. Herzig and M.L.A. Huotari.

Keywords for this news article include: Oulu, Europe, Finland, Diabetes, Endocrinology

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