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Why measure?

Mr William Malcolm explains the importance of measurement in healthcare

Measurement is central to all of our lives. We measure things all the time.

Have you ever thought am I gaining or losing weight? Have I enough space for this new desk that I would like? Is my child growing in height? And you can only answer such questions by measuring something: your weight; the size of the desk; the height of your child.

One dictionary definition of measurement is the act or process of ascertaining the extent, dimensions, or quantity of something.

So in the context of measurement of antibiotic use within stewardship programmes, watch this video clip where William Malcolm discusses why this is important.

Please note the clip is shown here by kind permission of the University of Dundee (UoD) and was first used in the UoD and BSAC course Antimicrobial Stewardship: Managing Antibiotic Resistance which is also available on FutureLearn.

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