What is it about?

This paper discusses the importance of rigorous theory application and reporting in health-related behaviour change research and outlines the need for a standardised framework that supports both researchers and practitioners in designing, implementing, and evaluating theory-driven interventions in a concrete and consistent manner.

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Why is it important?

Concrete and consistent theory application and reporting will permit critical appraisal within and across studies, thereby advancing cumulative knowledge of behaviour change over time.


This work is underpinned by pragmatism and seeks to advance both theory and practice.

Dr. Taylor Jade Willmott
University of Adelaide

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This page is a summary of: Are we speaking the same language? Call for action to improve theory application and reporting in behaviour change research, BMC Public Health, March 2021, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1186/s12889-021-10541-1.
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