Behavioural theories explain why people act as they do and indicate how behaviour might be changed.
The theories we use are based on strong evidence and allow us to describe the factors influencing behaviour, to predict and explain behaviour and ultimately, following experiment, to design interventions to change behaviour, and enhance health outcomes.
The theories we use are relevant to the behaviour of healthy people, members of the public, patients in healthcare settings, people with chronic health conditions, health professionals, and others involved in decisions and policy that affects healthcare.
We use a range of theories to explain behaviour and identify opportunities for behaviour change. These include, but are not limited to, Social Cognition Models, Self-regulation models, Stage theories, Dual-Processing theories, Cognitive theories, Theory of health outcomes, and work stress theories.
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