New Europe-wide survey of healthcare workers’ perceptions about antibiotic use and 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 perceptions 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 and is available in all EU/EEA languages, closes on 14 February 2019.
Key messages: Antimicrobial use in healthcare settings
The key messages are based on two point prevalence surveys conducted by ECDC in 2016-2017.Read more
General key messages for healthcare professionals in hospitals and other healthcare settings
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Key messages for professionals in hospitals and other healthcare settings
Key messages for professionals working at hospitals and other healthcare settings: managers/administrators, infectious disease specialists, infection prevention and control professionals, epidemiologists, prescribers, junior doctors and students, pharmacists, nurses, clinical microbiologists, and professionals in emergency departments, in intensive care units, and in long-term care facilities.Read more