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Applying Behavioural Science to Design Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs

Updated: Jul 4, 2019


Addressing the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance relies, in part, on the challenge of changing human behaviour. Yet much of antimicrobial stewardship research and practice has not drawn upon the behavioural and social sciences to help address this challenge. Whilst there is likely no ‘one size fits all’ behavioural solution for improving antimicrobial stewardship, these disciplines offer a range of theories, frameworks, and evidence-based principles that can facilitate the design of behaviour change interventions that are context-specific and thus more likely to be effective. In this webinar, Dr Fabiana Lorencatto introduces some of these frameworks and how they can be applied to design and/or refine hospital stewardship interventions.



Learning objectives:


• The importance of avoiding, where possible, ‘rushing’ to intervention. Taking a structured, theory-based approach to designing interventions can help maximise effectiveness, replication, and cumulative learning.


• Practical recommendations for applying behavioural science to design stewardship interventions, including the key steps and frameworks in the Behaviour Change Wheel approach to intervention design.


• Knowledge and resource deficits are rarely the only barriers to behaviour change. It is important to consider a broader range of intervention strategies, beyond education, to address the various individual, social-cultural and environmental influences on antimicrobial stewardship.


Speaker: Fabiana Lorencatto, PhD, Research Lead, Centre for Behaviour Change, University College London, London, UK


Experience: Health psychologist whose works with a wide range of disciplines, practitioners and policy-makers and holds several grants related to infection prevention control and antimicrobial stewardship. She is the behavioral science lead on two multidisciplinary program of research funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, which aim to apply behavior change theory to explore the broad range of individual, socio-cultural and environmental factors influencing behaviors related to antimicrobial use in different care settings (primary care, secondary care, care homes), as a basis for designing and optimizing stewardship program.


Education: Completed an MSc in Health Psychology from King's College London and PhD in Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at UCL.