Habit Formation

Exploring habit formation in medication adherence for an archetypal long-term condition: time series analyses of objective nebuliser data in people with Cystic Fibrosis.

This research is funded by a National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Research Fellowship Award to Dr Zhe Hui Hoo, who is undertaking the project in collaboration with the School of Health and Related Research at University of Sheffield, and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's Academic Directorate of Respiratory Medicine.

Daily nebulised treatment is crucial for people with cystic fibrosis (CF) to stay healthy, but average adherence is only 36%. Making nebuliser use 'habitual' (i.e. automatic) may aid adherence, but more work is needed to examine the role of 'habit' in adherence. This research fellowship consists of four inter-related projects, with the overall aims of using:

  • advanced statistical analysis to study nebuliser adherence and 'habit'.
  • the psychological concept of 'habit' to understand and change nebuliser adherence among people with CF.

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Dr Zhe Hui Hoo
MBChB, MRCP (UK), MSc (Clinical Research)
Clinical Research Fellow