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Publications [#272725] of Bernard F. Fuemmeler

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  1. Mosher, CE; Fuemmeler, BF; Sloane, R; Kraus, WE; Lobach, DF; Snyder, DC; Demark-Wahnefried, W (2008). Change in self-efficacy partially mediates the effects of the FRESH START intervention on cancer survivors' dietary outcomes.. Psycho Oncology, 17(10), 1014-1023. [18300337], [doi]
    (last updated on 2019/02/13)

    This study examined change in self-efficacy as a mediator of the effects of a mailed print intervention on the dietary and exercise practices of newly diagnosed breast and prostate cancer survivors.A total of 543 breast and prostate cancer patients were recruited from 39 states and two provinces within North America. Participants were randomly assigned to receive a 10-month program of tailored mailed print materials that aimed to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, reduce fat intake, and/or increase exercise or a 10-month program of publically available materials on diet and exercise. Telephone surveys conducted at baseline and 1 year assessed dietary practices, physical activity, and self-efficacy for engaging in these health behaviors.Results indicated that changes in self-efficacy for fat restriction and eating more fruits and vegetables were significant mediators of the intervention's effects on dietary outcomes at 1-year follow-up. The intervention did not significantly affect self-efficacy for exercise; however, a significant, positive relationship was found between self-efficacy for exercise and exercise duration at follow-up.Findings are largely consistent with Social Cognitive Theory and support the use of strategies to increase self-efficacy in health promotion interventions for cancer survivors.

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