PAUSE: Prudent Antibiotic User. A collaborative web-based forum for sharing experience and learning resources between providers of education about prudent antibiotic prescribing

Abstract number: P2229

Davey P.G., Nathwani D.N., Gyssens I., Harding I., Akova M.

Aim and objectives: The aim of PAUSE is to ensure that practitioners will be prudent prescribers of antibiotics and will promote prudent use of antibiotics in whatever clinical context they are working in. Objectives are to:

•Construct a framework of learning outcomes that defines a prudent prescriber.

•Provide flexible web-based learning resources and assessments that will enable undergraduate medical students to achieve clearly defined learning outcomes in prudent prescribing, for their level of expertise.

•Provide an exemplary learning platform in prudent antibiotic prescribing for the development of other healthcare professionals.

Background: In 2003 the Scottish Executive funded the University of Dundee and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) to develop a web based learning resource for undergraduate medical education. The site was launched in February 2005 and has been included as a core component of the University of Dundee Medical School curriculum since August 2005. In 2006 BSAC began a further 3 year development to transfer the resources to a new website (PAUSE) with improved functionality and extension of the content to meet the needs of different professional groups. In 2007 ESCMID and the ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies (ESGAP) agreed to partner BSAC in the development of the site.

Results: The PAUSE website was launched in August 2007: By June 2008 160 medical students at the University of Dundee will have used the materials. Examples of feedback from students include: "I learnt more about antibiotics in that week than I had in the previous two years"; "I really felt that we were learning practical things that will be used regularly when I am a qualified doctor"; "Studying the web-based vignettes was useful as it provided cases to work through which makes teaching more memorable"; "The web-based material was excellent. This was a real help and can be used to refer to at a later date"; "The short cases and patient report gave structure to the week". NHS Education Scotland have used resources from the PAUSE site to develop e-learning and assessment modules in the Doctors' Online Training Scheme, a compulsory course for doctors in the first two years after qualification in Scotland.

Conclusions: The PAUSE website is an established resource that can be expanded through development and partnership between BSAC, ESGAP, ESCMID and its affiliated Societies.

Session Details

Date: 19/04/2008
Time: 00:00-00:00
Session name: 18th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Location: Barcelona, Spain
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