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Dr Jenny Mc Sharry and Dr Elaine Toomey from the Health Behaviour Change Research Group (HBCRG) at NUI Galway will convene a symposium on “Maximising the value of qualitative methods in the development and evaluation of behaviour change interventions” at the 31st Conference of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS): Innovative ideas in Health Psychology, in Padova, Italy on 2nd September 2017. The 90-minute symposium will showcase the use of qualitative methods at all stages of intervention development and include an interactive session to promote awareness of supports for qualitative intervention research, including the work of QUESTS.

The symposium will begin with Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar (UCC) presenting findings from a qualitative evidence synthesis of parental experiences and perceptions of infant complementary feeding, a project on which QUESTS is collaborating on. In Presentations 2 and 3 Dr Jenny Mc Sharry (HBCRG) will present “Understanding the intervention context: Exploring barriers and facilitators to attendance at diabetes structured education programmes” and Prof Molly Byrne (HBCRG) will talk about the D1 Now Study and developing intervention content for young adults with diabetes through qualitative research and stakeholder engagement. Dr Annegret Schneider (University College London) will present the findings of a process evaluation of a randomised controlled trial to reduce antibiotic prescribing in general practice. The final session will be interactive, and Marita Hennessy (HBCRG) will promote awareness of existing supports for qualitative intervention research (including QUESTS), and facilitate a group activity to generate of ideas for further training and development needs in this area. The symposium will conclude with a discussion facilitated by Prof Val Morrison, Bangor University Wales.