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How many theories does it take to change a light bulb? Behavioural approaches to improving healthcare




Speaker: Professor Jill Francis

Location: Drysdale Lecture Theatre (ELG19), Drysdale Building, City University London, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB

Evidence-based health care is one of the cornerstones of the NHS, although it has a surprisingly recent history. Yet a recurring finding, worldwide, is that the uptake of clinical practice guidelines is slow and haphazard and that healthcare professionals struggle to provide the quality of care that they aspire to. One way to address this problem is to take a behavioural approach to supporting healthcare professionals in their attempts to implement evidence into their routine clinical practice. Theories of behaviour change encapsulate a wide range of evidence about factors and techniques that may be helpful for increasing the uptake of evidence-based care.

In her inaugural lecture, Professor Jill Francis, Professor of Health Services Research, will describe implementation research in a range of healthcare settings. She will propose that there are many underused theories and techniques that may help to achieve change and that can be applied across several levels of complex healthcare systems.

About Professor Francis

Professor Francis is a health psychologist who, for the last 10 years, has worked in null Health Services Research, particularly in implementation research. She is a foundation member of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine and an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Health Psychology.


17:30 Arrival
18:00 Lecture begins
19:00 Reception

Wine and nibbles will be served.

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6.00pm - 7.00pmWednesday 24th April 2013

Drysdale Building Drysdale Building City, University of London Spencer Street London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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