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      The Person-Based Approach to Intervention Development: Application to Digital Health-Related Behavior Change Interventions

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          This paper describes an approach that we have evolved for developing successful digital interventions to help people manage their health or illness. We refer to this as the “person-based” approach to highlight the focus on understanding and accommodating the perspectives of the people who will use the intervention. While all intervention designers seek to elicit and incorporate the views of target users in a variety of ways, the person-based approach offers a distinctive and systematic means of addressing the user experience of intended behavior change techniques in particular and can enhance the use of theory-based and evidence-based approaches to intervention development. There are two key elements to the person-based approach. The first is a developmental process involving qualitative research with a wide range of people from the target user populations, carried out at every stage of intervention development, from planning to feasibility testing and implementation. This process goes beyond assessing acceptability, usability, and satisfaction, allowing the intervention designers to build a deep understanding of the psychosocial context of users and their views of the behavioral elements of the intervention. Insights from this process can be used to anticipate and interpret intervention usage and outcomes, and most importantly to modify the intervention to make it more persuasive, feasible, and relevant to users. The second element of the person-based approach is to identify “guiding principles” that can inspire and inform the intervention development by highlighting the distinctive ways that the intervention will address key context-specific behavioral issues. This paper describes how to implement the person-based approach, illustrating the process with examples of the insights gained from our experience of carrying out over a thousand interviews with users, while developing public health and illness management interventions that have proven effective in trials involving tens of thousands of users.

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                J Med Internet Res
                J. Med. Internet Res
                Journal of Medical Internet Research
                JMIR Publications Inc. (Toronto, Canada )
                January 2015
                30 January 2015
                : 17
                : 1
                1Department of Psychology Faculty of Social and Human Sciences University of Southampton SouthamptonUnited Kingdom
                2Primary Care and Population Sciences School of Medicine University of Southampton SouthamptonUnited Kingdom
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                Corresponding Author: Lucy Yardley L.Yardley@ 123456soton.ac.uk
                ©Lucy Yardley, Leanne Morrison, Katherine Bradbury, Ingrid Muller. Originally published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (http://www.jmir.org), 30.01.2015.

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