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Prof Collins will talk about her innovative systems for improving behavioural intervention research methods in healthcare and psychology, using factorial and other designs.

Behavioural interventions for prevention and treatment are an important part of the fight against major public health problems such as substance use, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, smoking cessation, obesity, and cancer. Among the challenges faced by scientists is how to optimise these interventions in order to achieve the greatest public health benefits. Prof Collins developed the multiphase optimisation strategy (MOST) to optimise the effectiveness of multi-component behavioural interventions. Her approach is unique in that it includes randomised controlled trial designs (RCT) for intervention evaluation, but also includes other phases of research before the RCT. These phases of research are aimed at intervention optimisation using criteria selected by the scientist. The goal may be to develop a cost-effective intervention, an intervention that achieves a specified level of effectiveness, the briefest intervention that achieves a minimum level of effectiveness, or any other reasonable and explicitly operationalised goal. Her innovative factorial designs allow for efficient testing of main effects and interactions between discrete intervention elements.  Prof Collins' work is highly cited and at the forefront of behavioural intervention research. 

All welcome

How to sign up

Please email Frances Gardner your name and department to let us know you are coming, for catering purposes.   We will provide lunch at low or (with luck...) no cost.

With thanks to Wolfson College, and the University Departments of Social Policy and Intervention, Experimental Psychology, Psychiatry, and the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Care Sciences.

This workshop is supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Oxford at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. 

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