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How can multi-professional education support better stewardship?

Nuno Rocha-Pereira, Enrique Castro Sanchez, Dilip Nathwani
  • Nuno Rocha-Pereira
    Infectious Diseases Department, Centro Hospitalar São João, Porto; Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance Prevention and Control Unit, Centro Hospitalar São João, Porto; Faculty of Medicine Porto University, Porto, Portugal | nunopereira85@gmail.com
  • Enrique Castro Sanchez
    NIHR Health Protection Research Unit, Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
  • Dilip Nathwani
    Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, United Kingdom

Abstract

Antimicrobial stewardship is widely accepted as an efficient strategy to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. Education is one of the cornerstones of successful antimicrobial stewardship programs. There is also general agreement that antimicrobial stewardship is a team effort that must involve the whole continuum of healthcare workers. Providing adequate education for all different professionals although challenging is deemed crucial to achieve good results. This paper reviews the different strategies available to educate the multiple healthcare workers, discusses how education can improve antimicrobial stewardship programs and outlines some of the challenges faced and research gaps that need to be addressed in order to improve education in this field.

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Antimicrobial stewardship, education; antimicrobials; prescribers

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