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Supporting Healthy Lifestyles: A Māori and Pasifika Approach (WellText)

Welltext is a new research project funded by the New Zealand Government’s National Health Science Challenge (Healthier Lives).  The aim of Welltext is to develop and evaluate a culturally tailored, personalized mobile health (mHealth) delivered healthy lifestyle and weight management programme for Māori and Pasifika in New Zealand.  The research comprises two phases.  In the first we will take a partnership approach whereby Māori and Pacific leaders and communities co-design the mHealth programme with the research team. Co-design is a means of ensuring that the people who use services are closely involved and invested in their development.  The second phase involves an adaptive (SMART) trial to test the effectiveness of the programme.  SMART trials allow for re-randomisation of non-responders to additional strategies that could potentially augment or are an alternative to the main intervention programme.

RELATED PUBLICATIONS

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Eyles R, Jull A, Dobson R, Firestone R, Whittaker R, Te Morenga L, Goodwin D, Ni Mhurcha C. Co-design of mHealth Delivered Interventions: A Systematic Review to Assess Key Methods and Processes. Curr Nutr Rep, 2016; 5(3): 160-167. link icon

January 2016

RESEARCHERS

COLLABORATORS

  • Prof. Cliona Ni Mhurchu
  • University of Auckland, NZ
  • Dr Lisa Te Morenga
  • University of Otago, NZ
  • Assoc Prof. Robyn Whittaker
  • University of Auckland, NZ
  • Assoc Prof. Andrew Jull
  • University of Auckland, NZ
  • Dr Helen Eyles
  • University of Auckland, NZ

FUNDING

  • Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

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