Behavioural science investment needed to mitigate long-term health impacts of Covid-19

Emily McBride*, Jo Hart, Daryl O'Connor, Gillian Shorter, Madelynne A Arden, Christopher Armitage, Tracy Epton, Lucie Byrne-Davis, Paul Chadwick, John Drury, Atiya Kamal, Lesley Lewis, Vivien Swanson, Ellie Whittaker, Angel Chater

*Corresponding author for this work

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Covid-19, for some, has led to changes in health behaviours, such as higher alcohol use, lower physical activity, increased sitting time, unhealthy food consumption, higher substance use, and reduced use of health services. Subsequent downstream physical and mental health consequences are anticipated, with wider social and economic implications.Policymakers should set direction for supporting changes to long-term health behaviours through formal commissions and refreshed disease prevention targets. Investment in behavioural scientists, and specifically health psychologists, to help design, deliver, evaluate, and adopt interventions (at individual, community, population, and system level) will help to minimise adverse outcomes1. Behaviour change interventions and health services should meet the needs of high-risk groups to reduce inequalities in burden.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeicester
PublisherBritish Psychological Society
Commissioning bodyBritish Psychological Society
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2021


  • health psychology
  • policy
  • partnership
  • behaviour change
  • behavioural science


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