Online course in Healthcare & Medicine

Utilising Social Science and Behaviour Change in Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes: Improving Healthcare

How can social science and behaviour change techniques be used within antimicrobial stewardship projects to bring about change.

Utilising Social Science and Behaviour Change in Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes: Improving Healthcare

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Why join the course?

Hospital healthcare delivery is complex with changing priorities and demands. Improvements are required but how can we ensure they are delivered. Understanding behaviour is essential for change. This course builds on Week 5 of Antimicrobial Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance but is not a prerequisite for taking this course.

What topics will you cover?

  • How can social science help improvement?
  • Understand who would do what, differently, to which patients, that would lead to improved outcomes.
  • Identify barriers and facilitators to change.
  • Use frameworks from social science to design interventions for improvement.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Behaviour Change Techniques
  • Assess the value of Behaviour Change Science to antimicrobial stewardship implementation in the learner's own location
  • Assess current evidence for the effectiveness of behavior change to healthcare improvement
  • Apply behaviour change theory to the identification of barriers and facilitators to change and intervention options
  • Interpret behaviour: define in behavioural terms; select target behaviours; specify target behaviours and identify what needs to change

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those involved in healthcare improvement, and will be of particular interest to members of Antimicrobial Stewardship Committees and team leads.

Who will you learn with?

Peter Davey (Educator)

Peter Davey (Educator)

I am the Medical School Lead for Clinical Quality Improvement at the University of Dundee. I am an Infectious Diseases Physician with a research interest in antimicrobial stewardship.

Fabiana Lorencatto

Fabiana Lorencatto

I am the Research Lead at the Centre For Behaviour Change at University College London. I am health psychologist with a research interest in implementation science and antimicrobial stewardship.

Who developed the course?


Founded in 1971, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy exists to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.

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