Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWelcome to this introductory course on the application of social sciences to the challenge of antimicrobial resistance. This course has been brought together with a range of clinical and academic expertise around the world in social sciences and its application to the field of antibiotic prescribing and antimicrobial resistance. This course is aimed at anyone who has an interest in antibiotic resistance, whether you're a doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist, or the health professional, or on early career researcher who wants to learn more about social science research methods to tackle antibiotic resistance. If you're interested in learning more about social science research, then this is the course for you.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsOver the next three weeks, we're going to learn a little bit about what social sciences are and how we can apply them to better understand antimicrobial stewardship interventions, not only just implementation and design, but also their evaluation. And we're also going to talk about the key stakeholders within antimicrobial stewardship programmes and emphasise the roles that patients, the public, and policymakers have in ensuring long-term sustainability of antimicrobial stewardship interventions in different health care settings. After completing this course, we really hope that you'll be inspired and encouraged to think about how you could use social sciences research and innovative approaches to improve how we use antibiotics and address antimicrobial resistance, particularly in the context of where you work. Thank you very much.

Welcome to the course

Welcome to this introductory course on applying social science methods to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

This course has been developed by clinicians and academics who lead research around AMR using a range of quantitative and qualitative social science methods.

Over the next three weeks we will look at what social science is and how research methods from this area can help to inform development, implementation and evaluation of antimicrobial stewardship activities. This includes uncovering some of the nuances and hidden mechanisms for behaviour change. We will explore specific areas within social science and use examples to showcase how the methods can be used in practice to develop and evaluate antimicrobial stewardship interventions. Finally, we will consider the roles of patients, policy makers, and other stakeholders in the wider context of implementing antimicrobial stewardship interventions.

Please find a downloadable PDF at the bottom of the page containing a glossary of terms relevant to this course.

Using FutureLearn Courses

If you are new to FutureLearn courses, click here for a guide on how to engage with the course. Learners are encouraged to introduce themselves and to participate in course discussions and quizzes. Any comments left by users can be viewed by all learners. We encourage you to interact with other learners by ‘liking’ and replying to their comments.

We value your input and would encourage you to let us know your opinions in the comments on this course. If you have any technical problems on the platform, please use the grey ‘Support’ button in the bottom right-hand corner of every step.

Enjoy

We hope you enjoy the course and look forward to meeting you and seeing your comments in discussions.

We would like to acknowledge those who helped make the course possible.

Share this video:

This video is from the free online course:

Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: A Social Science Approach

BSAC

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join: