Within the Complex Behavioural Interventions theme, we will use personalised technologies, such as wearables and smartphones, together with online interventions, to support health promotion, illness prevention, treatment, and management.
This is in the domains of both physical and mental health recognising the particular complexities involved in comorbidities.
In the developed world, many of the most prevalent physical health conditions are as a result of, and are modifiable by changes in, lifestyle or behavioural factors, such as physical activity, diet, tobacco and alcohol consumption, and compliance with medication regimes. Additionally, mental ill-health is a leading global cause of disability.
Technologies can be harnessed to support people in changing their physical health and mental health related behaviours, providing a means for both primary and secondary prevention in long-term conditions and the facilitation of self-management. Furthermore, e-mental health programs can be used in the treatment of mental ill-health by offering readily available and accessible (anytime, anywhere) therapeutic content, either for self-help format or as an augmentation of more traditional forms of therapies.
We bring together researchers in CATCH, with strong track record in the use of technology for behaviour change support, and implementation within the NHS (Mawson, Cudd, Hawley, Parker funded by NIHR (£0.8M)) with experts in the Social and Health Psychology group (Department of Psychology – Norman, Webb, Millings) who carry out world-leading research on behaviour and behaviour change interventions, and experts in Clinical Psychology (Clinical Psychology Unit and ScHARR – Parry, Barkham) who are world leaders in research into psychological services.
This combination of expertise allows leading theoretical and applied research in psychological behaviour change techniques to be applied to healthcare interventions delivered via smart technologies. The aim is to develop and optimise technology-supported interventions, including self-managed interventions, which promote healthy behaviours and mental health.
Outcomes are technology-supported interventions which promote long-term change in health-related behaviours in people with physical and mental long-term conditions, leading to reduced incidence of deterioration in conditions and therefore increased quality of life and reduced burden on the NHS.
Projects in Complex Behavioural Interventions
- NANA – Novel Assessment of Nutrition and Ageing
- SMART-Stoke – an “intelligent” shoe to help improve a stroke survivor’s walking
- SMART-COPD – to help people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Online interventions to reduce alcohol consumption
- THAW – Technology for Healthy Ageing and Well-being
- mHealthAssist – a flexible mobile technology platform to support assisted living
- ApReSCI – Applying Relationships Science to Contemporary Interventions
Key Publications in Complex Behavioural Interventions
|Core Belief Content Examined in a Large Sample of Patients using Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Journal of Affective Disorders doi:10.1016/j.jad.2015.06.044||Millings A and Carnelley K||2015|
|(Inter)personal computing: The role of the therapeutic relationship in e-mental health. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 43, 197–206
|Cavanagh K and Millings A||2013|
|A Personalized Self-Management Rehabilitation System with an Intelligent Shoe for Stroke Survivors: A Realist Evaluation JMIR Rehabil Assist Technol 2016;3 (1):e1 URL: http://rehab.jmir.org/2016/1/e1
|Mawson S, Nasr N, Parker J, Davies R, Zheng H, Mountain G||2016|
|The SMART personalised self-management system for congestive heart failure: results of a realist evaluation BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.2014, 14:109
|Bartlett K Y, Haywood A, Bentley L C, Parker J, Hawley S M, Mountain A G and Mawson S||2014|
|Feasibility study of portable technology for weight loss and HbA1c control in type 2 diabetes. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 16(1), 1.||Bentley C L, Otesile O, Bacigalupo R, Elliott J, Noble H, Hawley M S and Cudd P||2016|
Members working in Complex Behavioural Interventions
|Name||Dept (faculty)||Research strengths|
|Dr Abigail Millings
|Psychology (Science)|| Implementation of assistive technologies (including internet cognitive behavioural therapy)
Attachment and e-health technology
Technology for health and wellbeing
Prof Arlene Astell
|ScHARR (MDH)||Creative applications of technology to support ageing and healthy living
Interventions to support cognitive function and mental health
Support for people with dementia
|Name||Dept (faculty)||Research strengths|
|Prof Mark Hawley||ScHARR (MDH)||Assistive Technology
Telehealth and Telecare
|Dr Peter Cudd||ScHARR (MDH)|
|Prof Sue Mawson||ScHARR (MDH)||Applied research and knowledge translation to patient care
Improving quality of life for people with neurological problems
Effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions
|Dr Thomas Webb||Psychology (Science)||Self regulation and behavior change
Implementation intention plans
|Prof Paul Norman||Psychology (Science)||Social cognition models
Theory based interventions to change health behaviour
Cognitive adaptation to serious illness
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