Aleksandra (Ola) Borek
BA, MA, PhD
Qualitative Researcher in Behavioural Science
I am a researcher in health-related behaviour change, focusing on the design, evaluation and implementation of interventions to improve individual and public health. I use qualitative and mixed methods, and behaviour change theories and tools to better understand mechanisms of action and implementation of interventions.
My current research focuses on interventions to reduce antibiotic use in primary care; for example, ‘Improving the uptake and sustainability of effective interventions to promote prudent antibiotic use in primary care’ (STEP-UP) study, exploring the implementation of antimicrobial stewardship interventions (ENACT study), and looking at the role of locum GPs in antimicrobial stewardship.
I have a background in sociology and social research methods (BA, MA, University of York) and health psychology and behaviour change (PhD, University of Exeter Medical School). Prior to working on antibiotic prescribing, I investigated social / interpersonal change processes in group-based behaviour-change interventions to promote healthy lifestyle.
My research interests include behaviour change, design and process evaluation of complex health interventions, health promotion, group dynamics and interpersonal change processes, and communication in health contexts.
How did a Quality Premium financial incentive influence antibiotic prescribing in primary care? Views of Clinical Commissioning Group and general practice professionals
BOREK A. et al, (2020), Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Do variations in primary care practice characteristics explain the effect of a financial incentive scheme on antibiotic prescribing? A longitudinal study of the Quality Premium intervention in NHS England.
POUWELS K. et al, (2020), BJGP Open
Conceptualising the Integration of Strategies by Clinical Commissioning Groups in England towards the Antibiotic Prescribing Targets for the Quality Premium Financial Incentive Scheme: A Short Report.
Anyanwu PE. et al, (2020), Antibiotics (Basel), 9
Healthy Parent Carers peer-led group-based health promotion intervention for parent carers of disabled children: protocol for a feasibility study using a parallel group randomised controlled trial design
Bjornstad G. et al, (2019), Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 5
How can national antimicrobial stewardship interventions in primary care be improved? A stakeholder consultation
Borek AJ. et al, (2019), Antibiotics, 8