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Development and evaluation of a Behavioural Intervention Grid (BI-Grid)

It is increasingly feasible and cost-effective to use interactive technology to deliver two key dimensions of behavioural interventions:  a) providing tailored advice to address the particular situation, beliefs and preferences of each individual; and b) providing support for sustained behaviour change (eg reminders, personalised feedback regarding progress and overcoming obstacles, help with planning, and opportunities for communication with peers or experts).  This node will develop, evaluate and disseminate an internet-based set of resources (the LifeGuide) that will allow researchers to flexibly and collaboratively create and modify their own internet-delivered behavioural interventions.  Extensive consultation through workshops and the internet will be used to obtain researchers' views of how to make the LifeGuide fit for all their requirements. The value of the LifeGuide will then be tested and demonstrated by involving a network of researchers in collaboratively applying it to two very different kinds of behaviour. The first evaluation will examine how effectively it can be used to provide people suffering from colds and 'flu with tailored advice that enables them to cope with their symptoms without consulting their GP. The second will evaluate how effectively it can support people to increase their levels of physical activity and fitness over several weeks.