AMR & Principles of Antimicrobial Stewardship

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the most serious global public health threats. Drug-resistant infections are linked to increased mortality and financial burden, so antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is vitally important to ensure their continued effectiveness in improving health outcomes. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define AMR and describe how it arises
  • Understand the global impact and response to AMR
  • Describe the chain of infection and the importance of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)
  • Summarise the role of pharmacists in AMS
  • Outline the steps to take when a patient receives an antibiotic prescription

This course should take approximately 4 hours to complete.

Funding acknowledgements 

The CPD courses in the AMS programme were developed as an outcome of the CwPAMS project, supported by Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and Commonwealth Pharmacists Association using Official Development Assistance funding, through the Department of Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund (FF). The views expressed in this course are those of the authors and contributors and not necessarily those of the NHS, FF or THET. More information about CwPAMS is available here

AMS Programme acknowledgements

The CPD courses in the AMS programme were co-created by the Commonwealth Partnerships on Antimicrobial Stewardship (CwPAMS) teams based in Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom and Zambia

Authors: Kelly Alexander, Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Nikki D’Arcy, Indu Das
Reviewers: Melanie Gardner, Manjula Halai, Ifunanya Ikhile, Kirandeep Panesar-Ghatahora, Winnie Nambatya
Course Development: Page Medical Communications Ltd
Project Lead: Manjula Halai

Published: March 2021
Review date: March 2024