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Breaking Free present at leading Behavioural Change conference

For the third year running, Breaking Free Group have presented their research at the Centre for Behaviour Change (CBC) Digital Health Conference, hosted by University College London.

Held on the 22nd and 23rd February 2017, and now in its third year, the conference is quickly becoming one of the UK’s leading digital health conferences, bringing together researchers, health practitioners and technology developers from healthcare, academia and industry.

At this year’s conference, Dr Sarah Elison, Research Director at Breaking Free, presented findings from the Group’s published research on their computer-assisted therapy programme designed for those suffering from dependency to substances, Breaking Free Community. In addition, she led a panel discussion on the implementation of digital healthcare interventions. She was joined in this discussion by Mark Weston, New Technologies Trainer at Change, Grow, Live (CGL), one of the UK’s largest substance misuse treatment providers and a key partner of Breaking Free Group, and Abdul Ghafoor, Head of Mobile Products and Digital Services at Public Health England.

Alongside the presentation and panel discussion, Breaking Free Group’s Research Associate, Stephanie Dugdale, led on a poster presentation of research around the behavioural change techniques within the Breaking Free programme, having conducted this research in collaboration with Dr Jan Hernen and Dr Dan Donkor, Clinical Psychologists at Turning Point, another leading substance misuse treatment provider.

Dr Elison commented: “We were delighted to be invited to participate in the CBC Digital Health conference for the third year running, and this time to have the opportunity to disseminate our research findings and insights via an oral presentation, panel discussion and poster presentation.”


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