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Can you help an MSc student with her research on health behaviours?

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Hello all

Thank You for taking the time to look at this post. I have asked permission from the moderator to post this research on the community. I hope you don't mind helping me out. I assumed that members of cholesterol support would have good insight into health behaviour change.

I am conducting some research into the barriers we face when we think about changing our behaviour to something healthier. The research stems from the discussion of why doctors and nurses are seen smoking and drinking, when they should obviously know the risks of such behaviour? The bottom line is knowledge of the risks is not enough to change behaviour.

I am looking at 4 health behaviours; diet, exercise, alcohol consumption and smoking. I am interested in hearing from people who are thinking about changing their behaviour, but haven’t made any plans yet to do so.

If you have made plans, then you are still free to participate.

The survey will ask you if you engage in these 4 health behaviours, if you are making any plans to change, and if not, why not?

It should not take more than 10 minutes of your time, the data is completely anonymous, and will not be used outside the scope of this research. The data will go towards creating a novel measure of risk acceptance. If successful, this measure will be included in tailored interventions to help hundreds of people take the first step towards a healthier life.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to email me at

Thank you again for your help!

Ethical approval

This study has been by approved by University College London's Research Ethics Committee 01/06/2016 (6692/001).

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Please be aware that as I am looking for people who may not be addressing some of their health behaviours (e.g. lack of exercise), then the survey will feel very short for those who are actively trying to get healthier.

If you are presented with an open-ended question please take the time to explain our situation.


Sorry I've only just seen this


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