Seminar | Which government policies actually reduce human antimicrobial use?
As governments face domestic and international pressure to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR), policy strategies such as regulating antimicrobial sales and restricting use of last-resort drugs have become key strategies to reduce antimicrobial use. To inform future action, governments should have access to synthesized data on the effectiveness of large-scale AMR interventions. We have conducted a systematic review that (1) identifies and describes previously evaluated government policy interventions to reduce human antimicrobial use and (2) estimates the effectiveness of these different strategies. By developing an evidence base to inform future interventions, this systematic review will help ensure that the global public can have confidence in, and benefit from, high quality evidence-based action against AMR.
You can find more information on policy strategies in Dr Van Katwyk’s publication, ‘Government policy interventions to reduce human antimicrobial use: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis‘.
Speaker: Susan Rogers Van Katwyk
Date: 19 February 2018
Time: 12:45 – 14:00
Venue: LG81 (Lucas room), Keppel Street
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About the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Centre
AMR is a threat to life and healthcare globally. With increasing levels of international concern about AMR, we need high quality research and evidence to guide action. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is unique in the breadth of disciplines used to meet this complex challenge. These range from microbiology and clinical medicine to social studies and economics. The School’s Antimicrobial Resistance Centre, launched in 2016, will foster connections between these scientific approaches, generating innovative approaches to science and policy.
The Centre is based on five disciplinary pillars:
- Biological & Pharmacological Sciences
- Clinical & Veterinary Sciences
- Humanities & Environmental Sciences
- Epidemiology & Modelling
- Economic, Social & Political Sciences
The aims of the AMR Centre are:
- Promote and facilitate high quality research into AMR that builds on and exploits disciplinary strengths across LSHTM.
- Facilitate AMR related funding responses and collaboration opportunities.
- Provide an interface for LSHTM’s AMR research for staff, public, press and wider research communities.
- Provide educational materials on AMR.
Spotlight 05/02/18 | Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS)
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Metrics and Methods for Assessing Antibiotic Use – Roundtable
In late November 2017, the AMR Centre hosted 38 researchers, health and policy professionals in London for a roundtable to discuss how best antibiotic use can be measured in a way that informs strategies to address antibiotic resistance both nationally and internationally.
Read about the roundtable discussion here.
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