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Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: A Social Science Approach

Are you a health professional new to social science research? Find out how you can fight antimicrobial resistance on this course.

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Learn the key aspects of successful antimicrobial stewardship

Antimicrobial resistance is a complex problem in today’s medicine that requires a unique approach. On this course, you will build your knowledge of how a social science perspective can fight the problem of antimicrobial resistance.

You will gain insights into antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in different contexts and how to apply a social science research approach. You will also be introduced to different fields of study and social science theory.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is social science and why do we need a social science perspective for tackling AMR?
  • Insights on implementing AMS to tackle AMR across different settings
  • Introduction to realist review
  • Introduction to ethnography
  • Introduction to implementation science

Who is this accredited by?

Royal College of Pathologists
Royal College of Pathologists:

The Royal College of Pathologists is a professional membership organisation with charitable status, concerned with all matters relating to the science and practice of pathology.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of what social science is
  • Explore examples of using different social science research methods for tackling antimicrobial resistance in primary and secondary care, and in high-income and lower-middle income countries
  • Explore the application of a realist review to inform recommendations for developing and/or improving antimicrobial stewardship
  • Identify examples of using ethnography to gain novel insights into current delivery of antimicrobial stewardship activities
  • Describe how implementation science can help to improve implementation of antimicrobial stewardship activities
  • Identify potential research questions or improvement project ideas for your practice setting that can be investigated in future studies using social science methods

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for health professionals, junior researchers and doctoral students new to social science with an interest in antimicrobial stewardship.

What do people say about this course?

I feel much more confident about the range of approaches available

"I feel much more confident about the range of approaches available to me as I take the lead on a new project[...]I think these approaches will generate data that can be understood across disciplines."

Who will you learn with?

Post-doctoral Researcher, Clinical Pharmacist

Lead Pharmacist Medication Safety and Anti-infectives Research at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; Imperial NIHR PSTRC; NIHR HPRU in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance

Professor of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London with a longstanding clinical and research career in infectious diseases & particular interests in antibiotic use & antimicrobial resistance.

Dr. Julia E. Szymczak, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a medical sociologist and ethnographer who examines antimicrobial use as a social phenomenon.

Who developed the course?

BSAC

Founded in 1971, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy exists to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.

Imperial College London

Imperial College London is a world top ten university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

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