Helping people to walk more: Theory and evidence in intervention development and testing
|Dates:||11 June 2013|
|Times:||14:00 - 15:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Institute of Population Health|
|Who is it for:||University staff|
|Speaker:||Prof David French|
Host: Centre for Primary Care
Registration: No booking necessary
Walking is especially promising as a focus of intervention to promote health, because it is acceptable among people who are least physically active, and also provides considerable health benefits. This presentation will describe the ongoing development of an intervention to promote walking in sedentary adults, based on theory and evidence. Two trials in Birmingham and London showed it produced large increases in objectively assessed walking. The intervention subsequently went through an extensive process of adaptation for delivery by practice nurses and healthcare assistants, for a cluster randomised trial in general practice.
The central role of fidelity of intervention delivery will be discussed, both in terms of multiple procedures to optimise intervention fidelity, and the use of multiple methods to evaluate fidelity. The use of systematic review evidence, based on taxonomies of behaviour change interventions, in developing interventions will be illustrated. Finally, the importance of identifying how best to maintain changes in walking behaviour will be considered.
Prof David French
Role: Professor of Health Psychology
Organisation: Manchester Centre for Health Psychology
Travel and Contact Information
Seminar Room 1, 5th Floor