Take a survey to support excellence in AMR research

Open invitation to participate in a survey to help build an AMR digital platform by the JPIMAR

The JPIAMR is establishing a Virtual Research Institute on antimicrobial resistance (the JPIAMR-VRI). A virtual platform that will increase coordination, improve visibility of the AMR research networks, research performing institutes/centres and infrastructures, and facilitate knowledge exchange and capacity development across the globe, covering the full One Health spectrum.

JPIAMR-VRI have released a survey to gather information to help build this digital platform for the AMR community. This survey briefly explains each component and asks for your feedback to help prioritize implementation of components of the JPIAMR-VRI Digital Platform using a step-wise approach.

To participate follow the link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JPIAMR-VRI_Digital_Platform_Survey

Please feel free to share the link to anyone in the AMR community you feel might be able to contribute. Although, many of us are working on Covid research now and have slowed AMR projects we are all quite aware of the increased use of antibiotics alongside Covid-19 infections. Certainly, a digital resource for AMR researchers to connect is now more important than ever!

Progress against project objectives II

Latest updates on the development of the “Bridge the Gap: Survey to Treat” White paper series and strategic research agenda by the ARCH Network:

Expert consensus on target actions and research gaps:

On 24-25 October, the JPIAMR projects ARCH (bridging the gap between humAn and animal on suRveillance data, antibiotic poliCy, and stewardsHip) and GAP-ON€ (Global Antimicrobial Resistance Platform for ONE Burden Estimates) organised a joint workshop in Verona, bringing together 40 Experts from 18 countries. For the ARCH group, the discussions focused on reaching consensus on target actions on how to link and report surveillance data on resistance and antibiotic usage to antimicrobial stewardship teams in four settings: hospital, outpatient, long-term care facilities, and veterinary, and gaps and limitations to be defined as research priorities. The statements for deliberation had been elaborated prior to the meeting following an extensive review of the literature (189 documents fitting inclusion criteria) and preliminary consensus by means of an on-line survey (RAND-modified Delphi). The two-day meeting allowed experts to consider the proposals in detail as part of panels assigned by working groups and in joint sessions.

White paper manuscripts and Strategic Research Agenda:

Following the meeting, the core research teams of the four working groups collated the results of the face-to-face discussions to draft the final consensus-based target actions and research priorities. These were then sent to all the ARCH group members providing a further opportunity to reconsider the consensus outcomes. Core components of the manuscripts were drafted in the meantime so that the network-approved statements could be flawlessly integrated to create the complete white paper series. Upon review and revisions by all the authors, the white papers manuscripts were submitted for publication on the 27th of April, reaching an important project Milestone.

A downloadable file containing the checklist of targets to serve healthcare facilities of the four settings as a baseline assessment to establish and monitor stewardship activities has also been created, and will be made available through the ARCH website as well as through the JAC website. A template for the Strategic Research agenda based on the identified research priorities is under development to elaborate a road map for future research to improve the applicability of antimicrobial resistance and usage surveillance data for antimicrobial stewardship.

 

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COVID-19: how antimicrobial stewardship programmes can assist

Can the fundamental concepts of antimicrobial stewardship programmes be applied to battle the COVID- 19 crisis?  The article published by Stevens et al. inquires the role of antimicrobial stewardship programmes in meeting emergency responses and highlights some of the major areas in in which  AMS can be put in to action to tackle tCOVID-19 in healthcare settings.

Read full article: Stevens, M., Patel, P., & Nori, P. (n.d.). Involving Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in COVID-19 Response Efforts: All Hands on Deck. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 1-6. doi:10.1017/ice.2020.69

ARCH at ECCMID 2020, Paris

ARCH Network’s abstract “Bridging the gap between human and animal antimicrobic resistance and consumption surveillance data, antibiotic policy and stewardship: the EPI-Net and ARCH projects” has been accepted for a poster  presentation at the upcoming ECCMID conference in Paris. More details on the session will follow in due time:

https://www.eccmidlive.org/

Upcoming: GAP-ONE and ARCH network joint workshop

A joint workshop convening members of the ARCH Net and GAP-ONE for development of the “Bridge the Gap: Survey to Treatwhite paper series will be held at the Villa Quaranta in Verona, Italy from 24.10.19 till 25.10.19. This workshop brings together experts from 19 nations who will work towards a One Health approach to bridge the gap between antibiotic resistance surveillance, stewardship and policy and to identify all elements that contribute to the high costs of AMR infections in a One Health perspective. Download preliminary agenda here

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