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Characterizing clients' verbal statements in behavioural support interventions: The case of smoking cessation

Gainforth, H.L., Lorencatto, F., Erickson, K., West, R. and Michie, S. (2016). Characterizing clients' verbal statements in behavioural support interventions: The case of smoking cessation. British Journal of Health Psychology, 21(3), pp. 600-612. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12188

Abstract

Background: Reliable methods have been developed for characterizing behavioural interventions in terms of component practitioner-delivered behaviour change techniques (BCTs). As yet, no corresponding methods have been developed for characterizing client responses.

Purpose: To develop a method for characterizing clients’ verbal statements in audio-recordings of smoking cessation behavioural support consultations.

Methods: An established framework for specifying practitioner-delivered BCTs was adapted to account for corresponding BCTs in clients’ verbal statements. A total of 1,429 client statements within 15 transcripts of audio-recorded consultations were independently coded using the framework.

Results: Of the 58 BCT categories in the practitioner framework, 53 corresponding client BCTs were included and five codes unrelated to smoking cessation were added. Forty client BCTs were reliably identified at least once across sessions (75.1% agreement; PABAK =.77).

Conclusions: It is possible to reliably categorize clients’ verbal statements in smoking cessation consultations in terms of responses to BCTs delivered by the practitioner. When used alongside the taxonomy of practitioner-delivered BCTs, this method could provide a basis for investigating the dyadic interaction between the practitioner and client.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Gainforth, H.L., Lorencatto, F., Erickson, K., West, R. & Michie, S. (2016). Characterizing clients' verbal statements in behavioural support interventions: The case of smoking cessation. British Journal of Health Psychology, 21(3), pp. 600-612, which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12188. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Publisher Keywords: behaviour change techniques; interaction; behavioural support; smoking cessation; smoking; client; intervention
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/16493
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