2020 Annual Report Behaviour Change

The aim of the Behaviour Change group is to promote and support research incorporating health behaviour change in primary care. We currently have over 80 members, including clinical and non-clinical researchers, from a wide range of disciplines. 

We have organised training workshops in the past, which were well attended and which supported early and mid-career researchers to lean about new techniques to develop primary care behaviour change interventions.

We have also held informal meetings at SAPC regional and national conferences to support networking between researchers with expertise in behaviour change theory/methods and primary care researchers looking to incorporate behaviour change in upcoming studies.

Activities this year:

We held a Twitterfest alongside the national SAPC conference to promote the behaviour change research being conducted in Primary Care. This highlighted the range of current research utilising behaviour change, including intervention focuses on clinicians as well as patients, and targeting a variety of clinical conditions.

We also conducted a survey of our SIG members to gauge interest in attending virtual meetings and training workshops to establish whether members had capacity to join SIG activities given COVID disruption. Survey results indicated that members had reduced capacity to attend events.

Future plans:

We plan to collate resources and publications on behaviour change methods and approaches, relevant to primary care research, to act as a reference database for SIG members.

We welcome new members and suggestions for future events.

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