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Healthcare workers' knowledge, attitudes and behaviours with respect to antibiotics, antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance across 30 EU/EEA countries in 2019.

Title: Healthcare workers' knowledge, attitudes and behaviours with respect to antibiotics, antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance across 30 EU/EEA countries in 2019.
Authors: Ashiru-Oredope, D
Hopkins, S
Vasandani, S
Umoh, E
Oloyede, O
Nilsson, A
Kinsman, J
Elsert, L
Monnet, DL
#ECDCAntibioticSurvey Project Advisory Group
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: BackgroundWhile several studies have assessed knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of the public, physicians and medical students in a number of EU/EEA countries with respect to antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance, there is a paucity of literature for other healthcare workers. This survey aimed to fill this gap.MethodsA 43-item online questionnaire was developed, validated and pilot-tested through a modified Delphi consensus process involving 87 Project Advisory Group (PAG) members, including national representatives and members of European health professional groups. The survey was distributed by the PAG and via social media to healthcare workers in 30 EU/EEA countries.ResultsRespondents (n = 18,365) from 30 EU/EEA countries participated. Knowledge of antibiotics and antibiotic use was higher (97%) than knowledge of development and spread of antibiotic resistance (75%). Sixty percent of respondents stated they had received information on avoiding unnecessary prescribing, administering or dispensing of antibiotics. Among respondents who prescribed, administered or dispensed antibiotics, 55% had provided advice on prudent antibiotic use or management of infections to patients, but only 17% had given resources (leaflets or pamphlets). For community and hospital prescribers, fear of patient deterioration or complications was the most frequent reason (43%) for prescribing antibiotics that were considered unnecessary. Community prescribers were almost twice as likely as hospital prescribers to prescribe antibiotics due to time constraints or to maintain patient relationships.ConclusionIt is important to move from raising awareness about prudent antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance among healthcare workers to designing antimicrobial stewardship interventions aimed at changing relevant behaviours.
Issue Date: 25-Mar-2021
Date of Acceptance: 8-May-2020
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/90788
DOI: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2021.26.12.1900633
ISSN: 1560-7917
Publisher: ECDC
Start Page: 1
End Page: 10
Journal / Book Title: Euro Surveillance
Volume: 26
Issue: 12
Copyright Statement: © 2021 The Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Keywords: Antibiotic Guardian
COM-B
European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD)
behaviour change
capability
motivation
opportunities
prescribers, prescribing
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Antimicrobial Stewardship
Drug Resistance, Microbial
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Personnel
Humans
#ECDCAntibioticSurvey Project Advisory Group
Humans
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Drug Resistance, Microbial
Health Personnel
Antimicrobial Stewardship
Antibiotic Guardian
COM-B
European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD)
behaviour change
capability
motivation
opportunities
prescribers, prescribing
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Antimicrobial Stewardship
Drug Resistance, Microbial
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Personnel
Humans
0605 Microbiology
1117 Public Health and Health Services
1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences
Publication Status: Published
Conference Place: Sweden
Online Publication Date: 2021-03-25
Appears in Collections:Department of Infectious Diseases
Faculty of Medicine



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