Creating and Breaking Habit in Healthcare Professional Behaviours to Improve Healthcare and Health

Potthoff, Sebastian, McCleary, Nicola, Sniehotta, Falko F. and Presseau, Justin (2018) Creating and Breaking Habit in Healthcare Professional Behaviours to Improve Healthcare and Health. In: The Psychology of Habit: Theory, Mechanisms, Change, and Contexts. Springer, Cham, pp. 247-265. ISBN 978-3-319-97528-3, 978-3-030-07368-8, 978-3-319-97529-0

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Healthcare professionals (HCPs) prescribe, provide advice, conduct examinations, perform surgical procedures, and engage in a range of clinical behaviours. Their clinical actions are characteristically performed repeatedly—sometimes multiple times per day—in the same physical locations with the same colleagues and patients, under constant time pressure, and competing demands. This repetition under pressure in a stable setting provides ideal circumstances for creating contingencies between physical and social cues and clinical actions. HCP behaviour provides an ideal setting in which to advance theory, methods, and interventions to better understand habit formation and habit reversal. Contemporary theoretical and methodological development in the psychology of habit has begun to be applied to understand and promote the formation, breaking, and replacement of habitual behaviour in HCPs. This chapter highlights key theoretical approaches, methods, and intervention techniques that have been applied to conceptualize, measure, develop, and break habit and automaticity in HCPs. These insights have the potential to synergistically contribute novel perspectives to the wider habit literature.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Healthcare professionals, Clinical behaviour, Dual process models, Habit, Automaticity, Breaking habit, Theory
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2021 14:06
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2021 15:06

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