Prioritizing Multiple Health Behavior Change Research Topics


Multiple health behavior change (MHBC) approaches are understudied. The purpose of this study is to provide strategic MHBC research direction. This cross-sectional study contacted participants through the Society of Behavioral Medicine email listservs and rated the importance of 24 MHBC research topics separately for general and underserved populations. Participants were 79 % female, 76 % White, 10 % Asian, 8 % African American, 5 % Hispanic, and 1 % Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Top MHBC research priorities were predictors of behavior change and the sustainability, long-term effects, and dissemination/translation of interventions for both populations. Recruitment and retention of participants and measurement burden were important for the underserved.Results identified the same top research priorities across populations. For the underserved, research should emphasize recruitment, retention, and measurement burden.

In Translational Behavioral Medicine