Aleksandra (Ola) Borek
BA, MA, PhD
Senior Qualitative Researcher in Behavioural Science
My research relates to understanding and facilitating behaviour change to improve health. It involves:
- behaviour change and inter-personal processes, including behaviour change theories and frameworks, mechanisms of action, behavioural influences and implementation of interventions
- designing, implementing and process evaluations of behaviour change interventions
- qualitative research methods
I have a BA in Sociology and MA in Social Research from the University of York, and a PhD in psychology applied to health behaviour change from the University of Exeter (Medical School).
My current research mostly focuses on improving how we manage acute infections and use antibiotics and on implementing antimicrobial stewardship interventions in primary care.
Prior to that, I researched social/ interpersonal change processes in group-based behaviour change interventions to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours.
My other research interests include group dynamics, health-related communication, social and cultural norms and wider health determinants, and the role of point-of-care diagnostics in managing acute infections.
Since my PhD I've mostly worked on the following projects:
- Stopping antibiotics when you feel better: a qualitative study on using antibiotics differently in general practice
- Understanding the dynamics of policy development and healthcare worker behaviour in the UK during the COVID-19 public health emergency
- A qualitative sub-study of the PRINCIPLE trial on treatments for COVID-19
- STEP-UP study - a programme of research to improve the uptake and sustainability of effective interventions to promote prudent antibiotic use in primary care
- A qualitative study with locum GPs on the role of locums in antibiotic prescribing and stewardship
- ENACT study - Exploring the implementation of interventions to reduce antibiotic use and catheter-associated urinary tract infections
- Healthy Parent Carers - a programme of research to improve the health and well-being of parent carers
- MAGI study - Mechanisms of action in group-based behaviour change interventions
How can behavioural science contribute to qualitative research on antimicrobial stewardship in primary care?
Borek AJ. et al, (2021), JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance, 4
Identifying change processes in group-based health behaviour-change interventions: development of the mechanisms of action in group-based interventions (MAGI) framework
Borek AJ. et al, (2019), Health Psychology Review, 13, 227 - 247
A checklist to improve reporting of group-based behaviour-change interventions.
Borek AJ. et al, (2015), BMC Public Health, 15
Group-Based Diet and Physical Activity Weight-Loss Interventions: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials
Borek AJ. et al, (2018), Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 10, 62 - 86
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on antimicrobial stewardship support for general practices in England: a qualitative interview study
Anne C. et al, (2023), BJGP Open
Implementing antibiotic stewardship in high-prescribing English general practices: a mixed-methods study
Tonkin-Crine S. et al, (2023), British Journal of General Practice, BJGP.2022.0298 - BJGP.2022.0298
Re-examining advice to complete antibiotic courses: a qualitative study with clinicians and patients.
Borek A. et al, (2023), BJGP Open
Conducting rapid qualitative interview research during the COVID-19 pandemic—Reflections on methodological choices
Wanat M. et al, (2022), Frontiers in Sociology, 7