Training physicians to improve their behavior change counseling/communication skills is important, yet the evidence for the efficacy and acceptability of existing training programs is lacking and there is little consensus on the core competencies that physicians should master in the context of NCD management. The purpose of this study, led by a number of Can-Change members including Anda Dragomir, Vincent Gosselin Boucher and Drs Simon Bacon and Kim Lavoie, is to generate an acceptable, evidence-based, stakeholder-informed list of the core communication competencies that physicians should master in the context of NCD management.
This study, co-authored by Can-Change member Dr. Gary Garber, sought to identify potential antibiotic stewardship opportunities aimed at prolonged duration of antibiotic therapy by examining barriers and enablers to using shorter courses of antibiotic therapy in the long-term care (LTC) setting. The themes identified that influence duration of antibiotic therapy in LTC were environmental context and resources, knowledge, beliefs about consequences, social influences, and behavioral regulation. Tackling misconceptions and providing educational support may be helpful approaches.