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A guide to using the Theoretical Domains Framework of behaviour change to investigate implementation problems

  • Lou Atkins1Email author,
  • Jill Francis2, 3,
  • Rafat Islam3,
  • Denise O’Connor4,
  • Andrea Patey3,
  • Noah Ivers5,
  • Robbie Foy6,
  • Eilidh M. Duncan7,
  • Heather Colquhoun8,
  • Jeremy M. Grimshaw3, 9,
  • Rebecca Lawton10 and
  • Susan Michie1
Implementation Science201712:77

Received: 16 January 2017

Accepted: 30 May 2017

Published: 21 June 2017

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Original Submission
16 Jan 2017 Submitted Original manuscript
8 Feb 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Julia Moore
18 Feb 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Amanda Buttery
22 Feb 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Nancy Covell
8 May 2017 Author responded Author comments - Lou Atkins
Resubmission - Version 2
8 May 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 2
30 May 2017 Editorially accepted
21 Jun 2017 Article published 10.1186/s13012-017-0605-9

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Authors’ Affiliations

Centre for Behaviour Change, University College London
School of Health Sciences City, University of London
Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University
Women’s College Research Institute, Women’s College Hospital and Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds
Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds