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An international inventory of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) training programmes for AMS teams

Weier, N, Nathwani, D, Thursky, K, Tangden, T, Vlahovic-Palcevski, V, Dyar, O, Beovic, B, Hara, GL, Patel, RP ORCID: 0000-0001-9344-1013, Pulcini, C and Zaidi, STR 2021 , 'An international inventory of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) training programmes for AMS teams' , Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy , doi: 10.1093/jac/dkab053.

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Background:Healthcare professionals are increasingly expected to lead antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) initiatives. This role in complex healthcare environments requires specialized training.Objectives:Little is known about the types of AMS training programmes available to clinicians seeking to play alead role in AMS. We aimed to identify clinicians’ awareness of AMS training programmes, characteristics of AMStraining programmes available and potential barriers to participation.Methods:AMS training programmes available were identified by members of the ESCMID Study Group forAntimicrobial Stewardship (ESGAP) via an online survey and through an online search in 2018. Individual trainingprogramme course coordinators were then contacted (September–October 2018) for data on the target audience(s), methods of delivery, intended outcomes and potential barriers to accessing the training programme.Results:A total of 166/250 ESGAP members (66%) responded to the survey, nominating 48 unique AMS trainingprogrammes. An additional 32 training programmes were identified through an online search. AMS trainingprogrammes were from around the world. Less than half (44.4%) of respondents were aware of one or moreAMS training programmes available, with pharmacists more aware compared with medical doctors and otherprofessionals (73% versus 46% and 25%, respectively). AMS training programmes were most commonlydelivered online (59%) and aimed at medical doctors (46%). Training costs and a lack of recognition by healthprofessional societies were the most frequently cited barriers to participation in AMS training programmes.Conclusions:The development of a systematic inventory of AMS training programmes around the globe identifies opportunities and limitations to current training available. Improving access and increasing awarenessamongst target participants will support improved education in AMS.

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Authors/Creators:Weier, N and Nathwani, D and Thursky, K and Tangden, T and Vlahovic-Palcevski, V and Dyar, O and Beovic, B and Hara, GL and Patel, RP and Pulcini, C and Zaidi, STR
Keywords: antimicrobial stewardship, training programmes
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Publisher: Oxford Univ Press
ISSN: 0305-7453
DOI / ID Number: 10.1093/jac/dkab053
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