IBTNetwork Activities (Spring 2017 Newsletter)

Upcoming Conferences & Events

iCEPS Montpellier 2017 – Only 3 weeks away!

thumbs-icepsThe 5th iCEPS international conference — Non-Pharmacological Interventions: From Methodology to Evidence of Efficacy — is right around the corner! Hear world-renowned speakers talk about research protocols and improved understanding of the main action mechanisms involved in NPIs.

Preview of Plenary Lectures:

  • Group and Individual Cognitive Therapies in Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Diabetes, Exercise, and Trial Results
  • Mindfulness, Cancer, and Trial Results
  • Hypertension, Exercise, and Trial Results
  • Osteopathy: Which Evidence of Efficacy?
  • The Perils of Attention Controls in Behavioural Intervention Research
  • Design Biases and Publications in Non-Pharmacological Trials
  • Functional Food for the Prevention of Metabolic Syndrome

Official iCEPS Conference Program

iCEPS 2017 Speakers

Full Plenary Schedule

Workshop Program

IBTN Conference 2018 – A Chance to Win Free Registration!

The IBTN offers you a chance to win free registration to the 2018 conference to be held in Montreal, Canada on May 24 to 26. Other prizes will also be drawn! Members of the online IBTN Community are automatically entered in the draw. Not a member yet? Simply visit the website and register as an IBTN Community member. The draw will be held in September 2017.

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Behaviour Change in Large Organisations

UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change (CBC) invites you to a series of lectures focused on topical issues affecting healthcare, with an opportunity to network with professionals and a range of scientists, policy-makers, and practitioners. The event will be co-hosted by Bupa UK and chaired by Dr. Paula Franklin (UK Medical Director, Bupa).

  • Prof Susan Michie, UCL: Introduction to Behaviour Change Science Applied to Organisations
  • Dr Luke James, Bupa: Behaviour Change at Bupa
  • Dr Paul Chadwick, UCL: The Behaviour Change Wheel as a Model for Organisations
  • Dr Rachel Carey, Bupa/UCL: Embedding Behaviour Change within Organisations: Case Studies

Open to all Bupa employees and CBC contacts.

Register or learn more

 Recent Publications

Improving Arterial Health Step by Step: The SMARTER Study

The SMARTER study (whose results were recently published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism) examined the effects of physician-delivered step count prescriptions and monitoring in patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension with the goal of enhancing physical activity and cardiometabolic profiles over a one-year period using pedometers and written step count prescriptions at each visit. The study showed that the step count prescription strategy led to a net 20% increase in step counts and improvements in both haemoglobin A1c and insulin sensitivity. Future studies will evaluate an amplified intervention to increase impact.

IBTN Co-Chair Dr. Simon Bacon was involved in this study.

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Enhancing the Rigour of Reporting of Randomized Trials and Systematic Reviews

Knowing that properly documented analytic methods and findings improve transparency and contribute to improving the quality of biomedical publications describing randomised trials and systematic reviews, guidelines exist to facilitate complete reporting (such as CONSORT, SPIRIT, SAMPL, PRISMA, and PRISMA-P).

This overview article (published in Evidence-Based Mental Health) summarises aspects of statistical reporting in trials and systematic reviews of health interventions. The objective was to enhance familiarity of statistical details that should be reported. Considerations regarding sharing of study data and statistical code are also addressed.

IBTN Core Member Dr. David Moher contributed to this overview article.

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Lifestyle Matters: A Randomized Controlled Trial

This UK trial sought to test whether an occupation-based lifestyle intervention could sustain and improve the mental well-being of 288 adults aged 65 and over using an individually randomised controlled trial measuring mental and physical well-being (using SF-36), extent of depression (PHQ-9), quality of life (EQ-5D) and loneliness (de Jong Gierveld Scale) at 6 and 24 months. The trial involved weekly group sessions over 4 months and one to one sessions. The results (published in Age and Ageing) raise questions regarding how preventive interventions can be effectively targeted in the absence of proactive mechanisms to identify those who are at risk of decline.

IBTN Core Member Dr. Linda Powell participated in this trial.

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New Projects and Programs

Assessing a Body of Evidence of Complex Interventions

IBTN Core Member Dr. Paul Montgomery (University of Birmingham), in collaboration with the GRADE Working Group, is leading a research project to develop guidance for assessing and rating the quality of a body of evidence in systematic reviews of complex interventions. The guidance will be relevant for researchers in both clinical and social disciplines who conduct reviews on the effectiveness of complex interventions.

More than ever, policy makers rely on systematic reviews to inform decision-making regarding effective interventions. Interventions characterized as “complex” involve numerous interacting components and multiple outcomes. Such interventions use alternative approaches to assess a body of evidence in systematic reviews (i.e. some may need to integrate a large body of non-randomised evidence). In the meantime, concerns arise about potentially uninformative synthesis results and often-observed conclusions of weak evidence.

After conducting an international online panel involving multidisciplinary expertise, Dr. Montgomery’s project team will host a consensus meeting with a select group of participants to build consensus for the new guidance.

Read more about this project

$1.8 M for SPOR Mentorship Chair in Innovative, Patient-Oriented, Behavioural Clinical Trials

IBTN Co-Chair Dr. Simon Bacon has been awarded a 5-year Chair by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to focus on improved behavioural clinical trials. The project will involve training approximately 150 trainees and new investigators in improved study designs in collaboration with international experts, local, national, and international organisations, patients, healthcare professionals, and policy makers. It will also provide scholarship funding for up to 7 postdoctoral fellows and up to 12 graduate students, offer direct pilot funding to kickstart novel projects, develop an exchange program to enhance multidisciplinarity and create opportunities for long-term collaboration/capacity building, and conduct yearly summer schools focused on hands-on activities, plenary sessions, and workshop activities.

Read more about Dr. Simon Bacon



Summer 2017 Training Course: Behaviour Change – Principles and Practice

The UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change is offering a five-day course introducing the principles of behaviour change and their application to practical problems in different areas of interest. The course is aimed at behaviour change researchers, practitioners, intervention designers, managers, and policy makers, and offers participants a certificate of attendance. Next session begins July 31, 2017.

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Join the IBTN Community

thumbs-directoryLaunched in the fall of 2016, the online IBTN Community Directory is steadily growing. Join and connect with our community of researchers, experts, students, and practitioners in the field of behavioral trial design.  Solicit advice, share news and content, and partake in stimulating discussion pertaining to the field of behavioural trials. Help our community enhance the quality of design and research.

This “members only” site is offered at no charge and only takes moments to set up. Create a researcher profile, share details about your areas of expertise, and search for and message other members of the IBTN Community.

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Wishing you a healthy and successful New Year!