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Challenges for a sustainable financial foundation for antimicrobial stewardship

Jan-Willem H. Dik, Bhanu Sinha
  • Jan-Willem H. Dik
    Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands
  • Bhanu Sinha
    Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands | b.sinha@umcg.nl

Abstract

Antimicrobial resistance is a worldwide threat and a problem with large clinical and economic impact. Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs are a solution to curb resistance development. A problem of resistance is a separation of actions and consequences, financial and clinical. Such a separation makes it difficult to create support among stakeholders leading to a lack of sense of responsibility. To counteract the resistance development it is important to perform diagnostics and know how to interpret the results. One should see diagnostics, therapy and resistance as one single process. Within this process all involved stakeholders need to work together on a more institutional level. We suggest therefore a solution: combining diagnostics and therapy into one single financial product. Such a product should act as an incentive to perform correct diagnostics. It also makes it easier to cover the costs of an antimicrobial stewardship program, which is often overlooked. Finally, such a product involves all stakeholders in the process and does not lay the costs at one stakeholder and the benefits somewhere else, solving the misbalance that is present nowadays.

Keywords

Antimicrobial Stewardship, Antimicrobial Resistance, Health Economic

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