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Title: Designing, Developing and Delivering Weight Management Interventions


  • Professor Falko Sniehotta – Professor of Behavioural Medicine and Health Psychology, Newcastle University
  • Vera Araujo-Soares – Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology
  • Fuse ( at Newcastle University

When: 30 March 2017. 9.30am registration/coffee. 10am-4.30pm workshop.

Where: The Core, Science Central, Newcastle University, Newcastle, (

Session Content: The main causes of mortality and morbidity in many parts of the world are behavioural (e.g., smoking, poor diet, lack of physical activity, excess intake of alcohol etc.). Interventions designed to change to change these behaviours at scale have the potential to make a considerable contribution to population health.

There are various methods for intervention development available (e.g. MRC framework; Intervention mapping, 6SQuID etc.) which identify the key steps in developing interventions and provide guidance on how to optimize these. These provide a framework for decision making with a view to optimizing acceptability and effectiveness of interventions. Over the last decade, more and more resources were invested in the development of behavioural interventions, but nevertheless, many interventions developed using these approaches are not effective and/or do not get translated into practice.

During this hands-on workshop, the facilitators applied current guidance and discuss ways of optimizing current best practice. There was a particular focus on developing digital or other interventions in a way that maximizes their potential for translation into practice. The need to bring in not only key stakeholders to the intervention development process but also potential targets/users of the intervention was discussed and several frameworks that advocated this were used.

Participants were encouraged to bring in their own examples or plans for intervention development or use examples provided by the facilitators in order to emulate the process of intervention development. Across various group activities participants were prompted to think about what makes a good intervention as well as on the process of intervention development and description. After this workshop participants had an overview of key methods of intervention development, were able to apply these to a given problem and able to think through the development process with a particular focus on translation.

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