November 18, 2019

Results of European Survey to examine EU health workers’ knowledge of antibiotics and their use

WHO World Antibiotic Awareness Week 


Today, Monday 18 November 2019, is European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), which runs in partnership with the WHO’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week (18-24 November 2019).

The EAAD has this year been chosen as the publication date of the results of the first European survey commissioned by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to examine knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in relation to antibiotics, antibiotic use and resistance.

The objective of this survey was to gain better understanding of healthcare workers’ capabilities, opportunities and motivations around prudent antibiotic use, in order to support future policy, education and communication interventions.

Healthcare workers from all EU/EEA countries took part in the online study, which included 43 questions.  The results of this first-of-its-kind survey reveal certain gaps in European healthcare workers’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviours.

Although healthcare workers have, in general, a good knowledge and awareness of the key concepts regarding antibiotics and antibiotic resistance, those working with direct patient or public involvement do not always have easy access to guidance and materials on infection management.  More investment is needed to produce and disseminate locally-adapted resources and tool kits aimed at healthcare workers.

The survey can serve as an important baseline for EU/EEA countries when developing approaches and interventions.

The AMR Stakeholder Network, coordinated by the European Public health Alliance (EPHA), of which ESICM is a member, has also used today to launch a Roadmap for Action on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR).  This important resource is found here.


More about the European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) here.

Key results of the ECDC survey, here.



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