Antibiotic-resistant infections are a global threat. In healthcare, one solution to this problem lies in the ‘stewardship’ of antibiotics: promoting the safe and effective use of antibiotics.

What is antibiotic resistance?

Bacteria that cause infections adapt and develop the ability to defeat the medicines designed to kill them.

Drugs like antibiotics are becoming less effective at treating infections. Our overuse of antibiotics in both humans and animals is speeding up this process.

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What can we do about it?

A range of strategies are used to tackle antibiotic resistance, for instance developing new antibiotics, or reducing the use of antibiotics in humans and animals.

In healthcare, a strategy called antibiotic stewardship aims to ensure effective treatment of patients with infection while minimising adverse effects from antibiotic use.

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The PASS project

PASS is a programme of research involving researchers and healthcare professionals across primary care, secondary care, care homes and the community.

Together we are working to design new interventions that are tailored to each of these settings, and help to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics for years to come.

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Interdisciplinary work

PASS brings together researchers from different academic disciplines:

  • behavioural science
  • epidemiology
  • social science
  • user-centred design.

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