- Segment 1: July 2002 to February 2004 – This period was before the 2005 policy guidelines were introduced.
- Segment 2: March 2004 to December 2005 – The Antibiotic Policy Committee met weekly from March 2004 with pharmacy, microbiology and clinical departments, and initiated preparation for guidelines. Guidelines were finalised and widely distributed from January 2005 as a small booklet.
- Segment 3: January 2006 to December 2008 – There was no active guideline dissemination during this period.
- Segment 4: January 2009 to December 2010 – Guidelines were revised, published and disseminated as a booklet from January 2009 onwards till December 2010. Unlike Segment 2, there was no preparatory phase with clinical departments.
- What was the essential difference between guidelines introduced in Segment 2 and Segment 4?
- Why do you think the guidelines introduced did not effectively reverse the upward trend?
- Could any other strategy have been employed to supplement the effect of guidelines?
Antimicrobial Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance
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