Using behavioural approaches to optimise antibiotic stewardship in hospitals

Using behavioural approaches to optimise antibiotic stewardship in hospitals

Antibiotic stewardship is seen as a key strategy to prevent antibiotic resistance and reduce healthcare associated infections. Led by HSRU, this Joint Programming Initiative for Antimicrobial Resistance funded international working group comprising world experts in antibiotic stewardship from UK, Canada, Norway, and Germany in partnership with experts in implementation science and behaviour change interventions aims to address the following: what behaviour change approaches can be recommended now to optimise hospital stewardship programmes; how can these programmes be designed to optimise implementation across countries; and what is the research agenda to optimise efficient implementation of hospital antibiotic stewardship programmes worldwide.

Here is a film interview with Prof Craig Ramsay talking about the activities undertaken by the working group:





Duncan, EM, Charani, E, Clarkson, JE, et alA behavioural approach to specifying interventions: what insights can be gained for the reporting and implementation of interventions to reduce antibiotic use in hospitals? J Antimicrob Chemother 2020;75(5):1338-46.

Rzewuska, M, Duncan, E, Francis, J, et alBarriers and facilitators to implementation of antibiotic stewardship programmes in hospitals in developed countries: insights from transnational studies. Frontiers of Social Medicine 2020;5:41.

Rzewuska, M, Charani, E, Clarkson, JE, et alPrioritizing research areas for antibiotic stewardship programmes in hospitals: a behavioural perspective consensus paperClin Microbiol Infect 2019;25(2):163-68.