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Invited Commentary
May 28, 2012

Leveraging Technology for Multiple Risk Factor Interventions Comment on “Multiple Behavior Changes in Diet and Activity”

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(10):796-798. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.1633

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.