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National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. [NICE] (2007) Behaviour change at population, community and individual levels. London: NICE. 57 p. Public health guidance 6

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Public health guidance, PH6 - Issued: October 2007

This guidance is aimed at those responsible for helping people to change their behaviour to improve their health. This includes policy makers and those working in local authorities and the community and voluntary sectors.

It gives advice on how to plan and run relevant initiatives.

The recommendations include the following advice:
• base interventions on a proper assessment of the target group, where they are located and the behaviour which is to be changed: careful planning is the cornerstone of success
• work with other organisations and the community itself to decide on and develop initiatives
•build on the skills and knowledge that already exists in the community, for example, by encouraging networks of people who can support each other
• take account of – and resolve – problems that prevent people changing their behaviour (for example, the costs involved in taking part in exercise programmes or buying fresh fruit and vegetables, or lack of knowledge about how to make changes)
• base all interventions on evidence of what works
• train staff to help people change their behaviour
• evaluate all interventions.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general, Tobacco
Intervention Type:Psychosocial treatment method
Source:NICE
Date:2007
Pages:57 p.
Publisher:NICE
Corporate Creators:National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
Place of Publication:London
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Related URLs:
Subjects:F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour
F Concepts in psychology > Attitude and behaviour > Behaviour
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour
HJ Treatment method > Behaviour therapy

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