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Behaviour change

Behaviour change is fundamental at all phases of patient care and effective health and lifestyle interventions. Nevertheless, the effective initiation and implementation of behaviour change interventions is not applied consistently and its efficacy rarely monitored and evaluated in line with recommended guidelines.

This group assesses the phases of treatment fidelity including the design, training, delivery, patient receipt and patient enactment phases. The design and training phases are provided through a range of training (face-to-face and online) and their impact are assessed using a range of validated instruments and systems. Common intervention approaches include integrative therapies of MI and CBT and the impact across a range of cognitive, behaviour and epidemiological outcomes are assessed using a range of methodologies.

The research group has carried out training for over 3500 health professionals and research internationally across a range of health settings including cystic fibrosis, diabetes, CHD, CVD, sexual health, obesity, childhood health, addictions, physical activity, diet nutrition and lifestyle change and the impact of primary care in health behaviour change. We currently work with academic partners and collaborators in the US (Wayne State University), Australia (La Trobe University), and Norway (University of Trondheim).

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