Professional decision-making can be difficult to influence, particularly in health contexts. Decisions are often not just about scientific evidence of best practice. Rather, decisions are heavily influenced by social context and the relationships that surround them. An ‘antimicrobial perfect storm’ is predicted to occur within the next two decades, in part due to poor antibiotic decision-making, presenting a major threat to Australia. Using rigorous sociological research methods, this project explores the social underpinnings of antibiotic decision-making, incorporating professional, lay and managerial perspectives. It provides a means of understanding current practice and the barriers to enacting change. This study will reveal how antibiotic decisions are influenced by social relationships, providing the means to enact policy change and enhance governance strategies that can help preserve antibiotics for future generations of Australians.
Australian Research Council
Associate Professor Jennifer Broom (University of Queensland, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service); Professor Jonathan Adams (University of Technology, Sydney); Dr David Looke (Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, Princess Alexandra Hospital and University of Queensland)