Unsolicited Advice: Applying Behavioral Science to Antimicrobial Stewardship

Krista Gens

Krista Gens is the System Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Manager at Allina Health and the PGY2 ID residency program director at Abbott Northwestern (ANW) Hospital, part of Allina Health, both in Minneapolis, MN. She is board-certified in pharmacotherapy and infectious diseases, and she completed ASHP’s Pharmacy Leadership Academy. She has been an infectious diseases pharmacist for over 13 years, and in her current role she is collaborating with partners across the system to cast a vision for the future of antimicrobial stewardship, capitalize on new opportunities, and drive change to positively impact patient care. Professionally, she is active in the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP), the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE), and the MN One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative.

Session Description
In this session, attendees will learn to eliminate language that induces defensive responses from antimicrobial stewardship recommendations, and eliminate barriers to optimal antibiotic prescribing through technological solutions.

Learners will be able to:

  • Define and describe behavioral science and its relevance to antimicrobial stewardship
  • Identify components of behavioral science relevant to antimicrobial stewardship communication strategies
  • Discuss technological adaptations that utilize behavioral science to positively impact antimicrobial prescribing