Interventions to change purchasing behaviour in supermarkets: a systematic review and intervention content analysis

Sarah E. Golding, Paulina Bondaronek*, Amanda K. Bunten, Lucy Porter, Vera Maynard, Debi Rennie, Caroline Durlik, Anna Sallis, Tim Chadborn

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Abstract

This systematic review and intervention content analysis used behavioural science frameworks to characterise content and function of interventions targeting supermarket shoppers’ purchasing behaviour, and explore if coherence between content and function was linked to intervention effectiveness. Study eligibility: in-store interventions (physical supermarkets) with control conditions, targeting objectively measured food and/or non-alcoholic drink purchases, published in English (no date restrictions). Eleven electronic databases were searched; reference lists of systematic reviews were hand-searched. Methodological quality was assessed using the GATE checklist. A content analysis was performed to characterise intervention content and function, and theoretical coherence between these, using the Behaviour Change Wheel, Behaviour Change Techniques Taxonomy, and Typology of Interventions in Proximal Physical Micro-Environments (TIPPME). Forty-six articles (49 interventions) met inclusion criteria; 26 articles (32 interventions) were included in the content analysis. Twenty behaviour change techniques (BCTs), and four TIPPME intervention types were identified; three BCTs (‘Prompts/cues’, ‘Material incentive’, and ‘Material reward’) were more common in effective interventions. Nineteen interventions solely employed theoretically appropriate BCTs. Theoretical coherence between BCTs and intervention functions was more common in effective interventions. Effective interventions included price promotions and/or in-store merchandising. Future research should explore the effect of specific BCTs using factorial study designs. PROSPERO Registration: CRD42017071065.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-345
Number of pages41
JournalHealth Psychology Review
Volume16
Issue number2
Early online date23 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Apr 2021

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© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Keywords

  • Behaviour change techniques
  • behaviour change wheel
  • eating behaviour
  • food and drink purchases
  • obesity
  • supermarket interventions
  • ENVIRONMENTAL INTERVENTIONS
  • INFORMATION
  • IMPLEMENTATION
  • STRATEGIES
  • CHOICE
  • OBESITY
  • GROCERY STORE
  • SOCIAL NORM
  • OVERWEIGHT
  • HEALTH

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