Recommendation ID

Interaction between behavioural and environmental interventions:- What is the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of interventions to change the environment alone, compared with interventions to change the environment that are supported by interventions to change people's behaviour?

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- Behavioural and environmental interventions are sometimes conducted in isolation. But there is some evidence that environmental interventions alone may support existing physical activity
behaviours but may not be enough to change behaviour. Conversely, behavioural interventions  implemented without any supporting environmental interventions may not be enough to change
Longitudinal research is needed on the relative effectiveness and cost effectiveness of environmental interventions – that include system changes such as congestion charging and street closures – in isolation compared with those supported by behavioural interventions. Research should have a follow-up period of at least a year because there is currently little evidence on whether changes are sustained in the longer term.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Physical activity and the environment
Date issued
March 2018

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/03/2018