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How behavioural science can contribute to health partnerships: the case of The Change Exchange.

Byrne-Davis, L M T and Bull, E and BURTON, Amy and Sharni, N and Gillison, F and Maltinsky, W and Mason, C and Sharma, N and Amitage, C and Johnston, M and Byrne, G and Hart, J (2017) How behavioural science can contribute to health partnerships: the case of The Change Exchange. Globalization and Health. ISSN 1744-8603 (In Press)

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Abstract
Background
Health partnerships often use health professional training to change practice with the aim of improving quality of care. Interventions to change practice can learn from behavioural science and focus not only on improving the competence and capability of health professionals but also their opportunity and motivation to make changes in practice. We describe a project that used behavioural scientist volunteers to enable health partnerships to understand and use the theories, techniques and assessments of behavioural science.
Case Studies
This paper outlines how The Change Exchange, a collective of volunteer behavioural scientists, worked with health partnerships to strengthen their projects by translating behavioural science in situ. We describe three case studies in which behavioural scientists, embedded in health partnerships in Uganda, Sierra Leone and Mozambique, explored the behaviour change techniques used by educators, supported knowledge and skill development in behaviour change, monitored the impact of projects on psychological determinants of behaviour and made recommendations for future project developments.
Discussion
Challenges in the work included having time and space for behavioural science in already very busy health partnership schedules and the difficulties in using certain methods in other cultures. Future work could explore other modes of translation and further develop methods to make them more culturally applicable.
Conclusion
Behavioural scientists could translate behavioural science which was understood and used by the health partnerships to strengthen their project work.

Keywords: implementation science, behaviour, health partnerships

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Amy BURTON
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 10:11
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2017 11:15
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3177

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