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Aleksandra (Ola) Borek


Qualitative Researcher in Behavioural Science

I am a researcher in health behaviour change, with experience and interest in health-related inter-personal change processes, and 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 optimising antibiotic use in primary care; for example, the ‘Improving the uptake and sustainability of effective interventions to promote prudent antibiotic use in primary care’ (STEP-UP) study, the implementation of antimicrobial stewardship interventions (ENACT study), and 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 behaviour change (PhD, University of Exeter Medical School). Prior to working on antibiotic stewardship, I focused on investigating social / interpersonal change processes in group-based behaviour-change interventions to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours. 

My research interests include behaviour change, social / interpersonal processes, group dynamics, health-related communication, and design, implementation and process evaluation of health interventions.

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