Publications about the ActWELL study

Here are all the publications for ActWELL listed. All publications are cost free to download and read, just follow the link.

  • This paper presents the main results of the ActWELL trial:
    • Anderson, A.S., Chong, H.Y., Craigie, A.M. et al. A novel approach to increasing community capacity for weight management a volunteer-delivered programme (ActWELL) initiated within breast screening clinics: a randomised controlled trial. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 18, 34 (2021). Link:
  • This paper is the protocol/plan for the trial:
    • Anderson AS, Craigie AM, Gallant S, et al Randomised controlled trial to assess the impact of a lifestyle intervention (ActWELL) in women invited to NHS breast screening. BMJ Open 2018;8:e024136. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024136 Link:
  • This paper describes the initial work to develop the ActWELL trial:
    • Conway E, Wyke S, Sugden J, Mutrie N, Anderson AS; ActWELL team. Can a lifestyle intervention be offered through NHS breast cancer screening? Challenges and opportunities identified in a qualitative study of women attending screening. BMC Public Health. 2016 Aug 11;16(1):758. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3445-7. PMID: 27515673; PMCID: PMC4982403. Link:
  • This paper describes a study run in addition to ActWELL with the same particpants:
  • This paper describes how we moved face-to-face events online in order to inform particpants, lifestyle coaches and other stakeholders about the ActWELL trial results:
    • Bruhn, H., Anderson, A.S., Hickman, A. et al. Letter on “Sharing trial results directly with trial participants and other stakeholders after the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic hit the UK – experience from the ActWELL trial”. Trials 22, 381 (2021). Link:

Breast Cancer Now resources

BCN report – A guide to delivering behaviour change projects in community settings through volunteersDownload

BCN blog post – How we’re supporting research into women’s lifestyle choices, weight management and breast cancer risk. Link:

Plain English summary of the ActWELL study

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