iHEAL in Context

Testing the Effectiveness of a Health Promotion Intervention for women who have experiences intimate partner violence

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To test whether iHEAL, an evidence-based health promotion intervention already tested in three specific groups of women, helps those who have left an abusive partner lead healthier, safer, more satisfying lives.


  • To refine iHEAL to make it appropriate for all women
  • To engage rural and urban partners to tailor the iHEAL to fit with their different contexts
  • To study, in Ontario, British Columbia and New Brunswick (NB), whether iHEAL improves women’s health and quality of life, compared to finding support or services on their own
  • To adapt iHEAL for NB’s Francophone women so it’s acceptable, feasible, and beneficial
  • To share project lessons with stakeholders to enhance supports and services for all women


Refine the intervention

  • Identify lessons from earlier studies to improve iHEAL
  • Revise iHEAL to strengthen it's fit and impacts for ALL WOMEN
  • Update the iHEAL manual and materials used by nurses, partners and women

Standardize delivery of the intervention

  • Create a standardized training program to prepare nurses to work with women in iHEAL
  • Develop guidelines for supervising and supporting the nurses

Prepare for the trial

In each province:

  • Engage stakeholders about offering iHEAL locally
  • Confirm 2-3 study sites
  • Consult with local partners about how to tailor iHEAL to community
  • Hire and train nurses and supervisors to offer iHEAL to women

Conduct the trial

  • Recruit 280 study participants
  • Pre-iHEAL assessments
  • Assign women to iHEAL or usual care
  • Offer iHEAL for 6 months
  • Post-iHEAL assessments
  • Interview nurses, women and partners
  • Analyze and summarize findings

Adapt iHEAL for Francophone women in New Brunswick

  • Engage Francophone stakeholders
  • Conduct community consultations
  • Adapt iHEAL for language and culture
  • Explore iHEAL's acceptability, feasibility and initial impacts


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Winter 2016