A Qualitative Case Study Examining Intervention Tailoring for Minorities Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVES: To explore issues of intervention tailoring for ethnic minorities based on information and experiences shared by researchers affiliated with the Health Maintenance Consortium (HMC). METHODS: A qualitative case study methodology was used with the administration of a survey (n = 17 principal investigators) and follow-up telephone interviews. Descriptive and content analyses were conducted, and a synthesis of the findings was developed. RESULTS: A majority of the HMC projects used individual tailoring strategies regardless of the ethnic background of participants. Follow-up interview findings indicated that key considerations in the process of intervention tailoring for minorities included formative research; individually oriented adaptations; and intervention components that were congruent with participants' demographics, cultural norms, and social context. CONCLUSIONS: Future research should examine the extent to which culturally tailoring long-term maintenance interventions for ethnic minorities is efficacious and should be pursued as an effective methodology to reduce health disparities.

author list (cited authors)

  • Mier, N., Ory, M. G., Toobert, D. J., Smith, M. L., Osuna, D., McKay, J. R., ... Rimer, B. K.

citation count

  • 9

publication date

  • January 2010