A new study from the University of Chicago Medicine examines the use of social media platforms to inform young physicians about proper use of antimicrobial agents such as antibiotics. A study by Jennifer Pisano, MD, and colleagues appearing in theAmerican Journal of Infection Control, finds that social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, provide an effective method to reinforce antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP) and encourage the use of ASP resources to promote antimicrobial mindfulness among internal medicine residents.
Over the course of six months, 55 medical residents received Facebook posts and tweets of basic information promoting both educational tools and clinical pathways located on the researchers’ hospital’s ASP website. The medical residents also received identical infectious disease and antibiotic knowledge “trivia questions,” as well as interspersed questions. Participants’ knowledge of how to use the ASP website increased from 70 percent to 94 percent, while these residents’ antibiotic knowledge also improved.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance.
Read more about the study: Social media as a tool for antimicrobial stewardship, by Jennifer Pisano, Natasha Pettit, Allison Bartlett, Palak Bhagat, Zhe Han, Chuanhong Liao, and Emily Landon, appears in the American Journal of Infection Control, Volume 44, Issue 11 (November 2016) - http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(16)30688-5/fulltext
APIC. Social media proves effective as a tool for antimicrobial stewardship. 31.10.2016. http://www.apic.org/For-Media/News-Releases/Article?id=64485ce2-20bd-402a-9b84-7369792d1014
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