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Development of consensus based national antimicrobial stewardship competencies for UK undergraduate healthcare professional education

Courtenay, M., Lim, R., Castro-Sanchez, E., Deslandes, R., Hodson, K., Morris, G., Reeves, S., Weiss, M., Ashiru-Oredope, D., Bain, H., Black, A., Bosanquet, J., Cockburn, A., Duggan, C., Fitzpatrick, M., Gallagher, R., Grant, D., McEwan, J., Reid, N., Sneddon, J. , Stewart, D., Tonna, A. and White, P. (2018) Development of consensus based national antimicrobial stewardship competencies for UK undergraduate healthcare professional education. The Journal of Hospital Infection, 100 (3). pp. 245-256. ISSN 0195-6701

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2018.06.022


Background: Healthcare professionals are involved in an array of patient and medicine related stewardship activities, for which an understanding and engagement with antimicrobial stewardship is important. Undergraduate education provides an ideal opportunity to prepare healthcare professionals for these roles and activities. Aim: To provide United Kingdom national consensus on a common set of antimicrobial stewardship competencies appropriate for undergraduate healthcare professional education Methods: A modified Delphi approach comprising two on-line surveys delivered to a United Kingdom national panel of twenty-one individuals reflecting expertise in prescribing and medicines management with regards to the education and practice of nurses and midwives, pharmacists, physiotherapists and podiatrists; and antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship. Data collection took place between October and December 2017. Findings: A total of 21 participants agreed to become members of the expert panel, of whom 19 (90%) completed round 1 questionnaire, and 17 (89%) completed round 2. Panelists reached a consensus, with consistent high levels of agreement reached, on 6 overarching competency statements (sub divided into 6 domains), and 55 individual descriptors essential for antimicrobial stewardship by healthcare professionals.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Pharmacy Practice Research Group
ID Code:77937
Publisher:Healthcare Infection Society


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