Evidence-based principles drive the Sprezie Aftercare Design.
Research in the United States, England and the Netherlands has demonstrated that phone coaching can help people overcome addictions, stop smoking, promote physical activity and be a source of encouragement to treat people suffering from depression.
Studies are finding that computerized calls have a positive effect at a much lower cost than live calls. In a Stanford study, Researcher Abby King found that over a 12 month period, exercise levels for a group receiving computerized calls increased from 78 minutes per week to 157, an increase of 201%. People receiving live phone calls for the same period increased from 100 minutes per week to 178, an increase of 178%.
Evidence-based behavioral change principles have been designed into Sprezie Aftercare from the start:
Positive Recognition – personal messages recorded by friends, family and others are a powerful, positive, motivating force.
Proactive, Moment-of-Decision Support – participants set their personal schedules to receive calls when they need them most.
Involvement of People of Influence – friends, family and professionals provide support by leaving messages which are automatically delivered by the system.
Personal Application – the questions, schedule and messages are specific to the participant, not a general diagnosis.
Manageable Goals – unique questions asked during each call transform goals into manageable tasks and time frames.
Accountability – each call provides the opportunity for the participant to report on his or her effort and success.
Self-Awareness – consistently asking about effort and routines raises self-awareness and helps the person self correct.
Journaling – the reports are a journal of the participants’ effort, results and related personal stories, organized by day.
Visual Data – the participants’ answers are presented in online, easy-to-understand reports.
Consistent Measurement – data collection occurs daily at the moment people are making real decisions.
Studies show each of the above principles have a positive impact on behavioral change. Studies also show that phone coaching in general accelerates and sustains long-term behavioral change.
Independent, peer-reviewed, published studies about the Sprezie Aftercare have found that the program accelerates and sustains positive behavioral change.