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Translational behavioral medicine for population and individual health

Citation

Ma, J., Lewis, M. A., & Smyth, J. M. (2018). Translational behavioral medicine for population and individual health: Gaps, opportunities, and vision for practice-based translational behavior change research. Translational Behavioral Medicine, [ibx032]. DOI: 10.1093/tbm/ibx032

Abstract

In this commentary, we propose a vision for "practice-based translational behavior change research," which we define as clinical and public health practice-embedded research on the implementation, optimization, and fundamental mechanisms of behavioral interventions. This vision intends to be inclusive of important research elements for behavioral intervention development, testing, and implementation. We discuss important research gaps and conceptual and methodological advances in three key areas along the discovery (development) to delivery (implementation) continuum of evidence-based interventions to improve behavior and health that could help achieve our vision of practice-based translational behavior change research. We expect our proposed vision to be refined and evolve over time. Through highlighting critical gaps that can be addressed by integrating modern theoretical and methodological approaches across disciplines in behavioral medicine, we hope to inspire the development and funding of innovative research on more potent and implementable behavior change interventions for optimal population and individual health.