Projects

Because of its participant-centered focus and multi-disciplinary approach, VIA is applicable to a wide range of topics, ranging from medical conditions to social issues that affect physical and mental health, such as homelessness, teen parenting, or substance abuse. To date, VIA has been used to examine the lives of those living with several different chronic medical conditions. Details about each of these projects can be found by exploring the links below.

Newest Project - Currently Recruiting!
In VIA-OAR, participants between the ages of 12 and 20 create videos showing how they balance healthy eating and exercise in their daily lives. Through this project VIA is looking for insight into the busy lives of adolescents and how they choose and manage nutrition and exercise. OAR is VIA’s first project involving two groups of participants in a matched comparison study.
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Asthma
Asthma is a condition whose symptoms can include difficulty breathing, tightness of the chest, coughing, and wheezing. From the visual illness narratives created by 24 participants who were enrolled in VIA - Asthma, researchers have written numerous publications, and the study itself has received press coverage in magazines and on television and radio.
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Overweight
People are considered overweight if their body to mass ratio is higher than 25. Being overweight as a young adult increases the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. After reviewing the video diaries created by 14 participants enrolled in the pilot VIA - Overweight study, VIA has written several publications. The study also received televised press coverage.
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Transitions
VIA - Transitions is a five year longitudinal application of VIA (2000-2005) to study the experiences of adolescents and young adults who are in the process of transitioning their care to the adult health care system. Participants in this study represent four medical conditions: spina bifida, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, and HIV.
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Satellite Projects
Researchers who have trained with us are applying the VIA method in their own studies.
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Spotlight


Jay B.
At 25 years old, Jay B. has had a lot of experience managing his cystic fibrosis and he has done considerable thinking about what it means for him in the future. >> Learn More

Related Links
>> VIA Method
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