Survey of healthcare workers’ knowledge and attitudes about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance

On 28 January, Public Health England (PHE) launched a new multilingual survey, funded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which aims to gain an understanding of European healthcare workers’ knowledge and attitudes about antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. 

Previous studies have primarily focused on the general public and medical students, highlighting a gap in the understanding of these topics by healthcare workers and other health students.

The objectives of the study for ECDC are therefore:

  • to gain a better understanding of their knowledge and perceptions to provide a base to support future needs in terms of policy and education changes, and
  • to fill in gaps in terms of evaluation of communication campaigns targeting healthcare workers

ECDC and PHE are aiming for a return of at least 10 000 responses with representation from healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and hospital managers, as well as clinical scientists, physiotherapists, nursing assistants, dental/pharmacy technicians, public health teams and health students.

The survey, which takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete, is available in all EU/EEA languages.

The extremely positive response was such when we launched the survey that the online site it is hosted on was overwhelmed, causing issues in accessing the site. The Public Health England IT team worked urgently to fix this issue and increased the website capacity, including testing a new infrastructure to allow more people to access the survey at the same time.

It might take a few seconds to load the survey now, but you shouldn’t have issues. The survey will close on 1 March 2019.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.