Combinations of techniques that effectively change health behavior: Evidence from Meta-CART analysis.


Objective: Many health-promoting interventions combine multiple behavior change techniques (BCTs) to maximize effectiveness. Although, in theory, BCTs can amplify each other, the available meta-analyses have not been able to identify specific combinations of techniques that provide synergistic effects. This study overcomes some of the shortcomings in the current methodology by applying classification and regression trees (CART) to meta-analytic data in a special way, referred to as Meta-CART. The aim was to identify particular …

Health Psychology
Stef van Buuren
Stef van Buuren

My research interests include data science, missing data, child growth and development, and measurement.