Implementation Science and Research
Concurrent Education Session - 60 minutes
IPs are frequently tasked with the development and implementation of performance improvement (PI) initiatives to encourage healthcare practices that prevent or interrupt the spread of infection. These initiatives often seek to increase knowledge and implement policy, with the assumption that behavior change will follow. However, evidence shows that knowledge is necessary but not enough for behavior change.
Behavioral theory suggests behavior is driven by determinants at multiple levels of the ecological model, including personal, interpersonal, organizational, and societal. These determinants may include attitudes, perceived norms, self-efficacy, an enabling environment, the balance between benefits and barriers, and positive peer and leadership support.
In order to design and implement effective interventions, IPs must understand the determinants of behavior change and learn how to apply these evidence-based changed methods to build successful PI initiatives. This session provides tools and strategies that can be for quality improvement and will help participants understand key insights into the drivers of behavior among healthcare staff and patients for improved safety.