Not all education and training is about changing practice. Some focuses purely on increasing levels of knowledge or development of skills that might be of use at some future, undefined, time. However, much education and training is aimed at changing what people do, how they do things, how frequently they do things. If your training course is one of these then there are benefits for you in thinking behaviourally.
The kinds of behaviours that might be of interest are those discrete and specific parts of practice that, if done differently, would lead to an improvement in something important. Examples of behaviours include:
- Prescribing fewer antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infections.
- Washing hands at appropriate times i.e., the five moments of hand hygiene.
- Vocalising concerns during complex procedures like rapid sequence induction or advanced life support.
- Putting on appropriate personal protective equipment when seeing a patient suspected of having a highly infectious disease.
- Using an ABCDE approach when someone might be acutely unwell
- Discussing concerns with parents / carers when a child might be abused or neglected.