WHO aims to build health worker knowledge of antimicrobial stewardship

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released guidance to help educate and train health workers about antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released guidance to help educate and train health workers about antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The 28-page <i>WHO Competence Framework for Health Workers' Education and Training on Antimicrobial Resistance</i> is primarily geared toward education and training institutions, accreditation and licensing bodies, and authorities that develop health policy. According to the WHO, factors that may contribute to the overuse or misuse of antimicrobials among health workers include lack of knowledge; an inability to identify the cause of an infection, which can lead to patient pressure to prescribe antibiotics; and "a preponderance of situations that allow for financial benefit from the supply of medicines." In the guidance, the WHO details "core and additional AMR" competencies, divided into four domain areas: "foundations that build awareness of antimicrobial resistance, appropriate use of antimicrobial agents, infection prevention and control, and diagnostic stewardship and surveillance." The guidance also features a set of tables that detail the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for the health worker categories in each domain.