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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.

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Utilising Social Science and Behaviour Change in Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes: Improving Healthcare
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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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.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to Behaviour Change

    • Welcome and Introduction

      Welcome to the course. Introduction to the topic and educators, as well as an opportunity to introduce yourself to other learners.

    • How can social science help improvement?

      How can social science help improvement?

    • AACTT

      Introduction to AACTT and learning to apply it.

    • Changing Practitioner Behaviour

      Changing practitioners’ behaviour is key to successful antimicrobial stewardship but there are many complex factors involved.

    • Barriers and facilitators

      Dr Magdalena Rzewuska introduces you to the identification of barriers and facilitators to implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programmes.

    • End of Week 1

      End of week one and summary of content.

  • Week 2

    Applying behaviour change for quality improvement

    • Welcome to Week 2

      Welcome to the final week of this course. Prof. Peter Davey introduces the topics to be covered this week.

    • Intervention functions and BCT's

      Revisiting the Cochrane review - how the COM-B model can be linked to intervention functions, and an introduction to behaviour change techniques.

    • Identifying what are BCTs

      Behaviour Change Techniques are used to enable identification of the active and effective components within an intervention.

    • Behaviour Science in Action

      Analysis of studies - how behavioural science has been applied to antimicrobial stewardship and how interventions can be improved.

    • End of course summary

      Summary of topics covered in the course and promoting learners to take their new knowledge forward.

Who is this accredited by?

Royal College of Pathologists
Royal College of Pathologists:

The Royal College of Pathologists is a professional membership organisation with charitable status, concerned with all matters relating to the science and practice of pathology.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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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?

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.

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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