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Antibiotics 2015, 4(4), 467-479;

Antibiotic Stewardship Initiatives as Part of the UK 5-Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy

Department of Healthcare-Associated Infection & Antimicrobial Resistance, Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control, National Infection Service, Public Health England, London NW9 5EQ, UK
Antimicrobial Resistance Programme, Public Health England, London NW9 5EQ, UK
NHS Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, Bath BA2 5RP, UK
NHS England, Patient Safety Domain 5, 6C Skipton House, London SE1 6LH, UK
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Academic Editor: Jerod Nagel
Received: 28 August 2015 / Revised: 18 October 2015 / Accepted: 23 October 2015 / Published: 30 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Antimicrobial Stewardship)
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Antibiotic use is a major driver for the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance. Antimicrobial stewardship programmes aim to improve antibiotic prescribing with the objectives of optimizing clinical outcomes while at the same time minimizing unintended consequences such as adverse effects and the selection of antibiotic resistance. In 2013, a five-year national strategy for tackling antimicrobial resistance was published in the UK. The overarching goal of the strategy is to slow the development and spread of resistance and to this end it has three strategic aims, namely to improve knowledge and understanding of resistance, to conserve and steward the effectiveness of existing treatments and to stimulate the development of new antibiotics, diagnostics and novel therapies. This article reviews the antimicrobial stewardship activities included in the strategy and describes their implementation and evaluation. View Full-Text
Keywords: antibiotic stewardship; UK antibiotic resistance strategy; antibiotic guardian antibiotic stewardship; UK antibiotic resistance strategy; antibiotic guardian

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Johnson, A.P.; Ashiru-Oredope, D.; Beech, E. Antibiotic Stewardship Initiatives as Part of the UK 5-Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy. Antibiotics 2015, 4, 467-479.

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