Education is a key element for any program dedicated to confronting antibiotic resistance and curtailing its spread. For policy makers, clear information about the extent and types of antibiotic resistance, its impact on patients and public health and its effects on the healthcare system all have a crucial role in making this complex problem understandable. Antimicrobial resistance WHO Fact sheet N°194, updated April 2015.
(http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs194/en) For patients, surveys have shown that awareness related to appropriate antibiotic use is poor (for instance, regarding the fact that unnecessary use of antibiotics can be harmful to themselves and to others). M’ikanatha N et al. Prevalence of antibiotic prescriptions and attitudes toward antibiotic-free food. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, October 2007, San Diego, USA.
A survey across Europe “Eurobarometer” on antimicrobial resistance.
(data.europa.eu/euodp/en/data/dataset/S2107_85_1_445_ENG) found that only 56% of the respondents knew that antibiotics are ineffective against viral infections (such as colds and flu). In a U.S. survey, one in four respondents said they would use antibiotics without contacting a medical professional, while 14% reported storing antibiotics at home. Zooroba R et al. Nonprescription Antimicrobial Use in the US. Antimicrobial Agent and Chemotherapy. 2016. doi: 10.1128/AAC.00528-16
To fill these information gaps, educational materials whose contents and messages are targeted to specific audiences – clinicians, patients, healthcare administrators, public health officials, politicians and the general public – are essential. Sumpradit N et al. Antibiotics Smart Use: a workable model for promoting the rational use of medicines in Thailand. Bull World Health Organ 2012;90:905-13.
DOI: 10.2471/BLT.12.105445 Huttner B et al. for the CHAMP consortium. Characteristics and outcomes of public campaigns aimed at improving the use of antibiotics in outpatients in high-income countries. Lancet Infect Dis 2010;10:17-31.
Raising awareness about antibiotic resistance
As antibiotic resistance has always been a major concern for bioMérieux, the company makes major contributions to awareness-raising and educational activities in this field.
To help in the global fight against antimicrobial resistance, bioMérieux has for many years actively supported the World Antibiotic Awareness Week (organized by the World Health Organization). Our company’s support includes organizing educational campaigns targeting healthcare professionals, the general public and bioMérieux employees.
We also provide educational materials in the form of electronic communications, videos, testimonials and webinars which are communicated globally to promote awareness about antimicrobial resistance and the important contribution of diagnostics.
Discover our videos and expert interviews on AMR on the bioMérieuxTV YouTube channel