Health behaviours and behavioural interventions

Start Date: 1 Jan 2014


People's habits and behaviours play an important role in their health and well-being and they can be difficult to change, even when people want to change them. Behaviour is part of, and influenced by, people’s beliefs and social and material circumstances.


The Health Behaviours and Behavioural Interventions theme will develop and evaluate new types of treatments and interventions using the findings gleaned from clinical trials. Translating them into real-world services that will help people improve their health-related behaviours. The theme will focus on the use of exercise and physical activity-based interventions, for, among others:

  • people with long-term back pain;
  • other long-term painful conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis;
  • chronic neurological conditions and dementia; and
  • people with mental and physical disabilities who have been referred for exercise from primary care.


The theme also aims to understand how exercise and physical activity advice can be effectively used and combined with other interventions, such as for stopping smoking or improving diet.

Prof Sallie Lamb