The Role of Behavior Change Theory in Healthcare Risk Management
Risk management is an essential part of healthcare institution operations and a core component of infection prevention and control. In its purely fiduciary form, risk management is a way to reduce the incidence of organizational loss and expenses that could impact the bottom line. However, it is also a key way to safeguard patients and healthcare professionals from harm. This report summarizes the role of behavior change theory in mitigating risk.
A traditional method of addressing risk is examining the practices in which healthcare professionals engage to determine if breaches of protocol are contributing to the potential for adverse events. While this is still critical to the process, a growing body of evidence indicates that addressing why healthcare workers do or do not follow evidence-based practices is essential to mitigating risk related to infection transmission.
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