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Title: Behaviour Change in Public Health: Evidence and Implications
Authors: Pokhrel, S
Anokye, NK
Reidpath, D
Allotey, P
Keywords: Public health;Smoking;Drinking;Physical activity
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Citation: BioMed Research International, 2015
Abstract: The evidence on the role of particular lifestyles, smoking, binge drinking, lack of physical activity, and poor health care seeking, in increased risks for mortality and morbidity is compelling [1]. Understanding the pathways through which these various “unhealthy” behaviours affect health is complicated by the broader ecological context in which they occur. The complexity is further enhanced because behaviours do not occur in isolation and there is often a convergence of associations. Interventions to achieve changes in either single or multiple behaviours have therefore often been limited in their effectiveness and longer term sustainability. In order to develop and implement a meaningful behaviour change agenda we need to establish innovative ways of operationalizing and understanding the complexity of behavioural factors and their dynamic interrelationships and how these collectively affect health. The Behaviour Change Research Cycle (BCRC) (Figure 1) provides a simple illustration of the life cycle of evidence required.
Description: Article ID 598672
ISSN: 2314-6141
Appears in Collections:Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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