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Methodology for the development of a taxonomy and toolkit to evaluate health-related habits and lifestyle (eVITAL)

Federico Alonso1*, Carolyn O Walsh2, Luis Salvador-Carulla1 and the eVITAL group

Author Affiliations

1 Spanish Association for Research of Healthy Aging (Asociación Española para el Estudio Científico del Envejecimiento Saludable, AECES), Calle Infante Don Fernando 17, Antequera (Malaga) 29200, Spain

2 Harvard Medical School, c/o Peabody Society, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA

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BMC Research Notes 2010, 3:83  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-3-83

Published: 24 March 2010



Chronic diseases cause an ever-increasing percentage of morbidity and mortality, but many have modifiable risk factors. Many behaviors that predispose or protect an individual to chronic disease are interrelated, and therefore are best approached using an integrated model of health and the longevity paradigm, using years lived without disability as the endpoint.


This study used a 4-phase mixed qualitative design to create a taxonomy and related online toolkit for the evaluation of health-related habits. Core members of a working group conducted a literature review and created a framing document that defined relevant constructs. This document was revised, first by a working group and then by a series of multidisciplinary expert groups. The working group and expert panels also designed a systematic evaluation of health behaviors and risks, which was computerized and evaluated for feasibility. A demonstration study of the toolkit was performed in 11 healthy volunteers.


In this protocol, we used forms of the community intelligence approach, including frame analysis, feasibility, and demonstration, to develop a clinical taxonomy and an online toolkit with standardized procedures for screening and evaluation of multiple domains of health, with a focus on longevity and the goal of integrating the toolkit into routine clinical practice.

Trial Registration

IMSERSO registry 200700012672