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The Unit provides a range of evidence briefings for policy customers in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), as part of our Rapid Response function. ‌All policy briefings reflect the evidence available at time of publication and are not regularly updated unless stated.

PRU-PB-001 Smoking Cessation in the Context of Health Inequalities

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Smoking Policy Briefing prepared for the Department of Health and Social Care.

PRU-PB-002 Physical activity and weight loss in the adult population

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Physical activity and weight loss in the adult population

PRU-PB-003 Key principles of public health prevention

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Key principles of public health prevention

PRU-PB-004 Community Pharmacy & Public Health Services

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Community Pharmacy & Public Health Services briefing prepared for the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

PRU-PB-005 GP retention

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Policy Brief on GP retention

PRU-PB-006 Identifying interventions to increase organ donation rates

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Identifying interventions to increase organ donation rates in people from minority ethnic backgrounds

PRU-PB-007 Exploring Shared Medical Appointments for the management of chronic conditions

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Policy Brief on Shared Medical Appointments

PRU-PB-008 Understanding public views of community antibody testing for COVID-19

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Understanding public views of community antibody testing for Covid-19 and related behaviours – a qualitative study

PRU-PB-009 Timing and conditions for rolling out COVID-19 antibody testing

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Timing and conditions for rolling out COVID-19 antibody testing to the population: A behavioural science perspective

PRU-PB-010 COVID-19 vaccine intention

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Policy brief on factors associated with vaccine intention in adults living in England who either do not want or have not yet decided whether to be vaccinated against COVID-19

PRU-PB-011 Which factors may help increase COVID 19 vaccine uptake in England?

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Which factors may help increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake in England?

PRU-PB-012 Shared medical appointments for the management of long-term condition

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Shared medical appointments for the management of long-term conditions in primary care: evidence of effectiveness and efficiency

PRU-PB-013 Comparison of seasonal flu and COVID-19 vaccine intentions

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A comparison of seasonal flu and COVID-19 vaccine intentions: a cross-sectional survey of vaccine hesitant adults in England in 2020

PRU-PB-014 PH teams’ experience of inequalities and Covid-19 vaccine uptake

“Build it and they will come”? Learning from public health teams’ experience of tackling low rates of Covid-19 vaccination

PRU-PB-015 Choose Well

Encouraging the public to access the right health service for their health needs: an evidence review of interventions

PRU-PB-016 Prosocial messaging

Prosocial public messaging for population behaviour change: A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of prosocial public health messages for population behaviour change in relation to respiratory infections

PRU-PB-017 COVID-19 boost vaccine

Using the precaution adoption process model to understand decision-making about the COVID-19 booster vaccine in England

PRU-PB-018 Effectiveness of personal letters to HCPs: A systematic review

This systematic review and meta-analysis reports the effectiveness of personal letters interventions in altering health-care professionals’ (HCPs) clinical behaviour.

PRU-PB-020 Understanding health professionals’ response to patient complaints in secondary & tertiary care in the UK: A systematic review and behavioural analysis

This review identifies key actors, behaviours and influences on behaviours involved in HCPs’ first response to a patient-raised complaint in secondary and tertiary care using behavioural science models and frameworks.