Implementation Science and Research
Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes
Healthcare facilities may fall short of goals to improve compliance with IPC practices if improvement is reliant solely on education, policies, and compliance with regulatory and professional standards and guidelines. To develop a successful and credible IPC program, systems must also incorporate implementation science, which examines healthcare worker behavior, and an understanding of workflow to truly change behavior.
Changing behavior is not easy. Available theories and models of behavior change stop short of practical strategies to address barriers and design sustainable implementation strategies.
This session will provide interventions to assess behavioral challenges affecting implementation of evidence-based practice that are applicable to all aspects of IPC. Participants will discuss specific methods for characterizing beliefs that affect the healthcare worker behavior and intention to integrate stewardship tasks into everyday practice. This session provides several examples of how to link behavioral interventions to the targeted behavior and to select appropriate high impact improvement strategies.