Behaviour Change

The principal aim of the Behaviour Change group is to promote research incorporating health behaviour change in primary care.


  • To identify researchers with an interest in primary care research addressing behaviour change
  • To share knowledge of current applications of behaviour change (theory) in primary care interventions
  • To encourage networking between clinical and non-clinical members in order to share expertise from various disciplines (e.g. medicine, psychology sociology).
  • To identify and share knowledge of sources of funding for health behaviour change research in primary care
  • To encourage collaboration and applications for grant funding for research in primary care behaviour change

This SIG will be relevant to everyone interested in modifying health behaviours, especially those involved in the development, evaluation or implementation of health interventions with behavioural components. Behaviour change relates to any behaviour involved in healthcare, such as health promotion, patient self-management, or clinicians delivering healthcare services. We expect our membership to consist of clinical and non-clinical researchers to share expertise from multiple disciplines.

Contacts: Dr Sarah Tonkin-Crine & Dr Ingrid Muller


Recent meetings

Workshop, October 2016

The Person-Based Approach (PBA) to intervention development was held on Thursday 27th October 2016 at the University of Southampton. The workshop was open to SAPC members interested in developing behaviour change interventions.

The Person-Based Approach offers a distinctive and systematic way of addressing the user experience of behaviour change interventions and can enhance the use of theory-based and evidence-based approaches to intervention development.This approach was developed by the University of Southampton’s LifeGuide research group, led by Prof Lucy Yardley, from insights gained from their experience of carrying out over a thousand interviews with users, while developing health and illness management interventions that have proven effective in trials involving tens of thousands of users.

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Annual Meeting, July 2016

The Behaviour Change SIG held a meeting on the first day of the SAPC Annual Scientific Meeting in Dublin. The SIG meeting was well attended and very productive, thank you to everyone who attended.