Journal article

Driving sustainable change in antimicrobial prescribing practice: how can social and behavioural sciences help?

Fabiana Lorencatto, Esmita Charani, Nick Sevdalis, Carolyn Tarrant, Peter Davey

Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy | Published : 2018

Abstract

Addressing the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance is, in part, reliant on the complex challenge of changing human behaviour-in terms of reducing inappropriate antibiotic use and preventing infection. Whilst there is no 'one size fits all' recommended behavioural solution for improving antimicrobial stewardship, the behavioural and social sciences offer a range of theories, frameworks, methods and evidence-based principles that can help inform the design of behaviour change interventions that are context-specific and thus more likely to be effective. However, the state-of-the-art in antimicrobial stewardship research and practice suggests that behavioural and social influences are oft..

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