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Step 3: Use the tool to identify barriers to a behaviour you’re trying to change.

How it works 

Once you have narrowed your focus from a high level goal to a specific behaviour that you want to change, the next step is to identify the barriers to this behaviour.

What is preventing the behaviour that you’re trying to encourage from being performed?

Now have a go yourself.


Type in your problem, high level goal and specific behaviour you want to target and begin exploring and selecting the barriers that might be preventing your desired behaviour. 



What is your high-level goal?

What is the specific behaviour you want to change?

If you have multiple behaviours you want to change, start with one and repeat this activity for each behaviour. You will have a chance to repeat this activity at the end of the exercise.



Michie, S., Johnston, M., Abraham, C., Lawton, R., Parker, D., & Walker, A. (2005). Making psychological theory useful for implementing evidence based practice: a consensus approach. BMJ Quality & Safety, 14(1), 26-33.


Michie, S., Atkins, L., West, R., 2014. The Behaviour Change Wheel: A Guide To Designing Interventions. Silverback Publishing, London. 

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