Author Affiliation: Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
Health risk behavior change research has focused predominantly on a single risk factor, but most of the general population (58%) has 2 or more chronic disease risk factors.1 Intuitively, interventions that target multiple risk factors should improve the prevention of disease better than single risk factor interventions, but systematic reviews of multiple risk factor interventions have produced disappointing results.2 In this issue of the Archives, Spring et al3 provide examples of 2 innovative research directions that have the potential to improve outcomes in multiple risk factor intervention research.
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