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Template for Rapid Iterative Consensus of Experts (TRICE)

Centre for Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour Change, University of Bedfordshire, Bedford MK41 9EA, UK
Centre for Behavioural Medicine, University College London, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP, UK
Centre for Improving Health Related Quality of Life, School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland BT7 1NN, UK
Psychology Division, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK
NHS Education for Scotland, 2 Central Quay, 89, Hydepark Street, Glasgow G3 8BW, UK
School of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Birmingham City University, Birmingham B4 7BD, UK
Manchester Centre for Health Psychology, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT, UK
Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S10 2BQ, UK
School of Medical Sciences, University of Manchester, Stopford Building, Manchester M13 9PT, UK
School of Psychology, University of Sussex, Falmer BN1 9QN, UK
North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL7 8DD, UK
Public Health Wales, 2 Capital Quarter, Tyndall Street, Cardiff CF10 4BZ, UK
Department of Behavioural Science and Health, Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
Centre for Behaviour Change, University College London, 1-19 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HB, UK
Laboratory for Stress and Health Research, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Italo Francesco Angelillo
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(19), 10255;
Received: 6 June 2021 / Revised: 2 September 2021 / Accepted: 3 September 2021 / Published: 29 September 2021
Background: Public health emergencies require rapid responses from experts. Differing viewpoints are common in science, however, “mixed messaging” of varied perspectives can undermine credibility of experts; reduce trust in guidance; and act as a barrier to changing public health behaviours. Collation of a unified voice for effective knowledge creation and translation can be challenging. This work aimed to create a method for rapid psychologically-informed expert guidance during the COVID-19 response. Method: TRICE (Template for Rapid Iterative Consensus of Experts) brings structure, peer-review and consensus to the rapid generation of expert advice. It was developed and trialled with 15 core members of the British Psychological Society COVID-19 Behavioural Science and Disease Prevention Taskforce. Results: Using TRICE; we have produced 18 peer-reviewed COVID-19 guidance documents; based on rapid systematic reviews; co-created by experts in behavioural science and public health; taking 4–156 days to produce; with approximately 18 experts and a median of 7 drafts per output. We provide worked-examples and key considerations; including a shared ethos and theoretical/methodological framework; in this case; the Behaviour Change Wheel and COM-B. Conclusion: TRICE extends existing consensus methodologies and has supported public health collaboration; co-creation of guidance and translation of behavioural science to practice through explicit processes in generating expert advice for public health emergencies. View Full-Text
Keywords: behavioural science; health psychology; consensus; COVID-19; rapid review; expert guidance; TRICE behavioural science; health psychology; consensus; COVID-19; rapid review; expert guidance; TRICE
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Chater, A.M.; Shorter, G.W.; Swanson, V.; Kamal, A.; Epton, T.; Arden, M.A.; Hart, J.; Byrne-Davis, L.M.T.; Drury, J.; Whittaker, E.; Lewis, L.J.M.; McBride, E.; Chadwick, P.; O’Connor, D.B.; Armitage, C.J. Template for Rapid Iterative Consensus of Experts (TRICE). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 10255.

AMA Style

Chater AM, Shorter GW, Swanson V, Kamal A, Epton T, Arden MA, Hart J, Byrne-Davis LMT, Drury J, Whittaker E, Lewis LJM, McBride E, Chadwick P, O’Connor DB, Armitage CJ. Template for Rapid Iterative Consensus of Experts (TRICE). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(19):10255.

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Chater, Angel M., Gillian W. Shorter, Vivien Swanson, Atiya Kamal, Tracy Epton, Madelynne A. Arden, Jo Hart, Lucie M. T. Byrne-Davis, John Drury, Ellie Whittaker, Lesley J. M. Lewis, Emily McBride, Paul Chadwick, Daryl B. O’Connor, and Christopher J. Armitage. 2021. "Template for Rapid Iterative Consensus of Experts (TRICE)" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 19: 10255.

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