GSL publishes WHO report on mapping antimicrobial resistance training in healthcare

December 8, 2017

A report prepared by GSL Research Coordinator Susan Rogers Van Katwyk, Research Assistant Sara Jones, and Director Steven J. Hoffman has been published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Human Resources for Health Observer Series 21. The report, which was presented in March at an Expert Consultation on Health Workforce Education and Antimicrobial Resistance, maps the wide range of educational resources and programmes on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) available to healthcare providers. Speaking on her hopes for the impact of the report, Jones comments that the project “explores a much-needed area of education, antimicrobial stewardship. I hope that this will ignite conversations and innovation in healthcare provider learning. Education will lead change towards responsible practice and better health.”

Read the abstract below:

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an important global problem facing society and health-care workers. The misuse and overuse of antimicrobials over the past 50 years has accelerated the development of resistance to antimicrobial agents; and with few new antibiotics in development, it is essential that we preserve the usefulness of existing ones for as long as possible. Effective AMR control requires the optimal prescription and use of antimicrobials. Health-care workers need to be engaged in solving this problem as advocates for rational antibiotic use, stewards of sustainable effectiveness and educators of their patients. However, changing practice will require substantial effort, as few health-care workers currently receive training on AMR and rational antibiotic use. In this report, we identify educational programmes on AMR that target health-care workers and health-care students, particularly in medicine, pharmacy and nursing. We contacted many experts and conducted a literature review and web search to compile a list of 91 recent educational initiatives that target health-care workers. In undertaking this search, our intention was not to be comprehensive; rather, we aimed to illustrate the range of approaches that have been taken to delivering AMR education for health-care workers. The identified programmes were developed and deployed in every WHO region. This mapping exercise shows that many organizations are working to develop and share educational content on AMR for health-care worker training and continuing education around the world. This exercise also helped identify several opportunities for action. Read the full report here.