Three research projects have been chosen as part of the Health Foundation’s programme supporting research that designs, tests and evaluates behavioural interventions that can improve efficiency and reduce waste in health care services in the UK.

The projects for this round of the Behavioural Insights Research programme are all rooted in ‘behavioural insights’ or ‘nudge theory’, and focus on care best practice or medicines optimisation. Specifically, the three projects will look at reducing harm from urinary catheters, improving mechanical ventilator wean, and optimising medication prescribing.

The research teams will work to understand the motivations for acting safely and efficiently in their area of health care, design appropriate new behavioural interventions, examine how the interventions work and for whom, and provide lessons on spread in a UK health care services context.

The projects will see behavioural scientists working alongside frontline staff, helping them to apply and test the insights and methods of behavioural science in rigorous experiments that seek to improve efficiency and reduce waste.

Each project has received between £220,000 and £440,000 for research to be completed over two to three years, from April 2019.

The selection of these projects is currently subject to contracts being finalised with the lead organisation of each project.

The projects are:

Further reading

Research report

Behavioural insights in health care

December 2015

This evidence review explores nudge-type interventions with potential to increase efficiency and...


Why the NHS needs behavioural insights

04 December 2015

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