Behavioural science

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Improving understanding of behaviours - including those of health professionals, patients and the public - is crucial to address important health protection issues such as infection prevention and control, reducing antimicrobial resistance, and increasing vaccination uptake.

This workstream supports our strategy to provide advanced behavioural science to develop and evaluate interventions. We use behavioural and social science, combining qualitative and quantitative research methods, theory and empirical evidence to identify key behaviours to target, intervention barriers and facilitators, and components and hypothesised mechanisms of action.

Research areas 

Work to date has focused on interventions to improve infection prevention and control and reduce antimicrobial resistance. 

Projects include: 

Research examples


EEPRIS parent intervention: An experimental study testing a parent-targeted online intervention to reduce primary care attendance

Identifying key behavioural, cultural, economic and social influences of antibiotic use in China: Scoping review of the literature


Implementing brief practice-level interventions to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing in general practice

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