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AMS in different settings

Interventions are designed, implemented and expected to be adopted with little thought given to understanding the culture and context in which they are to function sustainably.

Research in AMS is necessary from dissimilar cultures, economies and healthcare organisations. It is only when we know what the challenges are across the spectrum of healthcare globally that we can start finding global solutions.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

This animation provides an overview of some key findings from a qualitative study conducted across five countries investigating the implementation of AMS.

The key focuses of this animation are:

  1. In some countries access to antibiotics is too easy.

  2. Professional boundaries and respect for hierarchies can limit who can participate in decisions on antibiotic prescribing.

  3. The use of antibiotics in surgery needs to be optimised.

  4. There is a need to improve the support from governments and local authorities.

The remainder of week 1 will be used to illustrate the different antimicrobial stewardship models required in different countries and health care settings. As you go through, please use the comments section on each step to identify factors that are similar or completely different to elements of AMS where you are.


In the comments below please let us know:

  • Can you relate to any of the stories from the video?

Would you like to take part in an optional research survey?

Imperial College London is carrying out research to find out what antimicrobial stewardship initiatives are taking place in the different institutions across the globe and which healthcare professionals have an active role in these initiatives.

BSAC and Imperial College London would like to invite all Learners on this course to take part in an optional questionnaire. By taking part in this study, you’ll provide information from the perspective of a healthcare professional who is involved in the design, development and implementation of antimicrobial stewardship. BSAC and Imperial College London will use the findings to contribute to future development interventions aiming to improve antimicrobial stewardship interventions.

To take part in the questionnaire, please click the link below. It should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Take part in the survey.

Your responses are anonymous. Summarised findings will be available in one or more of the following sources: scientific papers in peer reviewed academic journals; presentations at a regional conference; local seminars. All the information collected during this study, will be stored and handled according to Imperial College London’s Privacy Policy.

Thank you very much,

Esmita Charani and Monsey McLeod, National Institute of Health Research Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance

Please note that this is an independent research study carried out by Imperial College London and your participation is subject to the University’s own policies and terms. FutureLearn takes no responsibility for the contents or the consequences of your participation in this study. Your participation in the research has no effect on your course progress, marks or FutureLearn profile.

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Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: A Social Science Approach

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