The State of Education and Training for Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in Indian Hospitals: A Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment

Sanjeev Singh (Lead / Corresponding author), Esmita Charani, Chand Wattal, Anita Arora, Abi Jenkins, Dilip Nathwani

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    Abstract

    Background: To understand the role of infrastructure, manpower, and education and training (E&T) in relation to Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) in Indian healthcare organizations.

    Methods: Mixed method approach using quantitative survey and qualitative interviews was applied. Through key informants, healthcare professionals from 69 hospitals (public & private) were invited to participate in online survey and follow up qualitative interviews. Thematic analysis was applied to identify the key emerging themes from the interviews. The survey data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.

    Results: 60 healthcare professionals from 51 hospitals responded to the survey. Eight doctors participated in semi-structured telephone interviews. 69% (27/39) of the respondents received E&T on AMS during undergraduate or postgraduate training. 88% (15/17) had not received any E&T at induction or during employment. In the qualitative interviews three key areas of concern were identified: (1) need for government level endorsement of AMS activities; (2) lack of AMS programs in hospitals; and, (3) lack of postgraduate E&;T in AMS for staff.

    Conclusion: No structured provision of E&T for AMS currently exists in India. Stakeholder engagement is essential to the sustainable design and implementation of bespoke E&T for hospital AMS in India.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number11
    Pages (from-to)1-12
    Number of pages12
    JournalAntibiotics (Basel, Switzerland)
    Volume8
    Issue number1
    Early online date30 Jan 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

    Keywords

    • Antibiotic stewardship
    • Antimicrobial stewardship
    • Education and training
    • Postgraduate

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