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PHO Rounds: Advancing Engagement in Antimicrobial Stewardship through Effective Communication Strategies

As a key initiative to mitigate the public health threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), Public Health Ontario promotes the advancement of antimicrobial stewardship across all healthcare sectors. Antimicrobial overuse is a key driver of antimicrobial resistance, so initiatives to improve prescribing behaviour are instrumental in addressing AMR. This PHO Rounds will make a compelling justification for the importance of considering communication in the implementation of antibiotic stewardship interventions. It will provide an overview of communication strategies that stewardship stakeholders can use to engage with prescribers to improve the use of antibiotics.

Intended audience: Physicians, pharmacists, infection prevention and control (IPAC) staff, public health unit (PHU) staff working or with interest in antibiotic stewardship.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the importance of social dynamics for change in healthcare with respect to antibiotic stewardship
  • Identify common communication challenges in antibiotic stewardship
  • Describe strategies to communicate effectively with prescribers, to improve antibiotic prescribing

Presenter(s): Dr. Julia Szymczak

Dr. Julia Szymczak, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where she co-directs the Utah Quality Advancement Laboratory. Dr. Szymczak is a medical sociologist with expertise in the social and cultural determinants of decision-making and behavior in healthcare organizations. She is an internationally recognized expert on the sociobehavioral dynamics that shape antimicrobial use across clinical contexts in human and veterinary medicine and in the application of implementation science frameworks to research in antimicrobial stewardship.


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.

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Updated 9 Jan 2024