Implementation from a habit perspective

Sebastian Potthoff, Nicola McCleary, Falko Sniehotta, Justin Presseau

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In their efforts to provide evidence-based care, health care professionals engage in a range of clinical behaviours. Their clinical actions are characteristically performed repeatedly, 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. Health care professional 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 forming, breaking and replacing habitual behaviour among health care professionals. This chapter highlights key theoretical approaches, methods and intervention techniques that have been applied to conceptualize, measure, develop and break habit and automaticity in health care professionals. These insights have the potential to synergistically contribute novel perspectives to the wider habit literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on implementation science
EditorsPer Nilsen, Sarah A. Birken
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdwin Elgar
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781788975995
ISBN (Print)9781788975988
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2020

Publication series

NameBusiness 2020
PublisherEdwin Elgar


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