BioMed Research International

Behaviour Change in Public Health: Evidence and Implications


Publishing date
10 Apr 2015
Status
Published
Submission deadline
21 Nov 2014

Lead Editor

1Brunel University, London, UK

2Monash University, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia


Behaviour Change in Public Health: Evidence and Implications

Description

It has been shown that certain behaviour (e.g., smoking or binge drinking, not exercising enough, or even not seeking healthcare when needed) does have health effects. The pathways through which such behaviour could affect health are numerous. Understanding behaviour is complex and needs blends of methods from more than one academic discipline. There is already a vast body of interdisciplinary research, unpicking why individuals/households/community behave as they do. What is less well-known, however, is the interface between behaviour change and public health practice. For example,

  • What would need to be known to design interventions supporting behaviour change?
  • What behaviour change interventions are already available? Do we know enough about the “treatment” pathway? Do they affect desired short-, medium-, and long-term health outcomes?
  • What are instruments/tools to examine behavioural change which have been psychometrically assessed for their reliability and validity?
  • Do behaviour change interventions provide value for money?

In this special issue, we invite original research articles and review articles that will enhance our understanding of how behaviour change agenda could inform the way we practice public health at local, regional, and global levels.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Wider impacts of individual/household/community behaviours that affect health
  • Trial-based or model-based or literature-based evaluation on the effectiveness of interventions/policies/practice that is aimed at supporting behaviour change
  • Barriers to or facilitators of behaviour change interventions/policies
  • Economic analysis of behaviour change, to include analysis of demand and social/financial incentives as well as analysis showing cost saving, cost effectiveness, cost utility, cost benefit, or return on investment of interventions
  • Examples from the field on putting efficacious behavioural interventions into practice, to include implementation research, translational research, social science research, or any other interdisciplinary research

Potential applications include, but are not limited to lifestyle behaviours, for example, tobacco use, alcohol, diet, breastfeeding, and physical activity; sedentary behaviour; health seeking behaviour; self-harm behaviour; and so forth. Any other public health topic is equally welcome.


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 598672
  • - Editorial

Behaviour Change in Public Health: Evidence and Implications

Subhash Pokhrel | Nana K. Anokye | ... | Pascale Allotey
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 506269
  • - Research Article

Facilitators and Barriers to Health-Seeking Behaviours among Filipino Migrants: Inductive Analysis to Inform Health Promotion

D. Maneze | M. DiGiacomo | ... | P. M. Davidson
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 596179
  • - Research Article

Examining the Relationship between Heavy Alcohol Use and Assaults: With Adjustment for the Effects of Unmeasured Confounders

Wenbin Liang | Tanya Chikritzhs
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 484823
  • - Research Article

One-Year Results of the BeweegKuur Lifestyle Intervention Implemented in Dutch Primary Healthcare Settings

Bianca A. M. Schutte | Annemien Haveman-Nies | Liesbeth Preller
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 270168
  • - Research Article

Estimating Measurement Error of the Patient Activation Measure for Respondents with Partially Missing Data

Ariel Linden
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 903025
  • - Research Article

Using Photovoice as a Community Based Participatory Research Tool for Changing Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Behaviours in Usoma, Kenya

Elijah Bisung | Susan J. Elliott | ... | Corinne J. Schuster-Wallace
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 823841
  • - Research Article

Secular Changes of Adiposity and Motor Development in Czech Preschool Children: Lifestyle Changes in Fifty-Five Year Retrospective Study

Petr Sedlak | Jana Pařízková | ... | Jana Vignerová
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 929782
  • - Research Article

Adherence, Compliance, and Health Risk Factor Changes following Short-Term Physical Activity Interventions

Lynda H. Norton | Kevin I. Norton | Nicole R. Lewis
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 602635
  • - Research Article

Adolescents Perceptions of Pro- and Antitobacco Imagery and Marketing: Qualitative Study of Students from Suva, Fiji

Gade Waqa | Judith McCool | ... | Becky Freeman
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 841368
  • - Research Article

Using a Smartphone Application to Promote Healthy Dietary Behaviours and Local Food Consumption

Jason Gilliland | Richard Sadler | ... | Sean Doherty
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