Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Network meta analysis of psychological factors influencing health behaviours

Frank Doyle, Psychology. Keywords: cancer, cardiovascular disorders, respiratory diseases, population health, gynaecology, obstetrics & perinatal health, network meta-analysis, health behaviours, psychological factors.

Psychological factors such as attitudes and depression are known to be an important influence on health behaviours such as smoking or physical activity. However, little work has investigated the relative influence of these factors, and interventions usually target relatively few psychological aspects. To date, such interventions have not been comparable. The present project proposed the use of a relatively new technique called network meta-analysis to determine which factors are most important.

Mentors Frank Doyle. fdoyle4@rcsi.ie