The behavior change technique taxonomy (v1) of 93 hierarchically clustered techniques:Building an international consensus for the reporting of behavior change interventions

Michie, Susan, Richardson, Michelle, Johnston, Marie, Abraham, Charles, Francis, Jill, Hardeman, Wendy ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6498-9407, Eccles, Martin P., Cane, James and Wood, Caroline E. (2013) The behavior change technique taxonomy (v1) of 93 hierarchically clustered techniques:Building an international consensus for the reporting of behavior change interventions. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 46 (1). pp. 81-95. ISSN 0883-6612

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Abstract

Background: CONSORT guidelines call for precise reporting of behavior change interventions: we need rigorous methods of characterizing active content of interventions with precision and specificity. Objectives: The objective of this study is to develop an extensive, consensually agreed hierarchically structured taxonomy of techniques [behavior change techniques (BCTs)] used in behavior change interventions. Methods: In a Delphi-type exercise, 14 experts rated labels and definitions of 124 BCTs from six published classification systems. Another 18 experts grouped BCTs according to similarity of active ingredients in an open-sort task. Inter-rater agreement amongst six researchers coding 85 intervention descriptions by BCTs was assessed. Results: This resulted in 93 BCTs clustered into 16 groups. Of the 26 BCTs occurring at least five times, 23 had adjusted kappas of 0.60 or above. Conclusions: "BCT taxonomy v1," an extensive taxonomy of 93 consensually agreed, distinct BCTs, offers a step change as a method for specifying interventions, but we anticipate further development and evaluation based on international, interdisciplinary consensus.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: behavior change interventions,behavior change techniques,taxonomy
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2015 08:18
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2022 01:49
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/55419
DOI: 10.1007/s12160-013-9486-6

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