Complex interventions in health: Guidance on development, evaluation and the importance of context

Simpson, S. , Campbell, R. and Moore, L. (2018) Complex interventions in health: Guidance on development, evaluation and the importance of context. International Journal of Behavioural Medicine 25(1):S2-S3. Meeting abstract: 15th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Santiago, Chile, 14-17 Nov 2018. (doi: 10.1007/s12529-018-9740-1)

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The UK Medical Research Council’s (MRC) Guidance on Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions is a key reference point in the field. This workshop is an opportunity to learn more about this and other related guidance and for participants to influence the content of a new version of the guidance currently being developed. The workshop leaders are members of three teams commissioned by the MRC, UK National Institute of Health Research and Canadian Institute for Health Research to update this guidance, and to develop related guidance on feasibility studies and on the importance of context to the design, evaluation and roll-out of complex interventions. The workshop will inform participants about the guidance as well as giving opportunities for input. Participants will: 1) learn about the key challenges and methods in developing and evaluating complex interventions; 2) learn about feasibility studies conducted before a full-scale effectiveness RCT, which seek to develop or refine the intervention, and to estimate key trial design parameters; 3) learn about the importance of considering contextual issues such as cultural, policy, and service and organizational factors in the design, evaluation and real world delivery of interventions; and 4) have the opportunity to co-produce with the workshop leads a list of key points to be considered in the final version of the overarching guidance and to examine how the guidance can be applied to their own research.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moore, Professor Laurence and Simpson, Professor Sharon
Authors: Simpson, S., Campbell, R., and Moore, L.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:International Journal of Behavioral Medicine

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
727661SPHSU Core Renewal: Complexity in Health Improvement Research ProgrammeLaurence MooreMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/14IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
620221MRC SPHSU/GU Transfer FellowshipsLaurence MooreMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_PC_13027IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU
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