What is the Role of N-of-1 Methods in Behavioural Medicine?
Dr Suzanne McDonald, Newcastle University
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Dr Suzanne McDonald is a Research Methodologist and Health Psychologist at the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University. Suzanne works for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) North East Research Design Service where she provides support to clinicians and academics applying for national peer-reviewed funding for health and social care research on aspects related to methodology and psychology. Suzanne’s research focuses on the development and application of n-of-1 methods in behavioural medicine and she leads the UK N-of-1 Methods Network and the European Health Psychology Society N-of-1 Special Interest Group.
Health-related behaviours such as physical activity, smoking, alcohol consumption, dietary intake and medication adherence play a central role in determining health outcomes. To date, interventions aiming to improve health behaviours have been primarily tested in group-based studies. However, findings from group-based studies provide little information about individual response to interventions. Quantitative n-of-1 methods are increasingly recognised as important methods for drawing robust conclusions about individual patterns of behaviour and response to interventions. This talk will explore the role of n-of-1 methods in behavioural medicine and outline the key challenges and opportunities for using n-of-1 methods in future research and practice.