Infection Prevention and Behavioral Interventions

Author(s):
Patricia Posa, RN, BSN, MSA, FAAN St Joseph Mercy Health System

Ypsilanti, MI

Published:
October 3, 2014

Abstract

As is the case with patient care treatment regimens, infection prevention processes in healthcare institutions are often reliant on healthcare personnels' compliance with behavioral recommendations. This chapter reviews the application of behavioral science theories as a guide for planning new or improving existing strategies to prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infection. It also suggests some general principles including environmental strategies to apply when developing educational programs and campaigns purposed to change behavior.