Which government policies actually reduce human antimicrobial use?
As governments face domestic and international pressure to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR), policy strategies such as regulating antimicrobial sales and restricting use of last-resort drugs have become key strategies to reduce antimicrobial use. To inform future action, governments should have access to synthesized data on the effectiveness of large-scale AMR interventions. We have conducted a systematic review that (1) identifies and describes previously evaluated government policy interventions to reduce human antimicrobial use and (2) estimates the effectiveness of these different strategies. By developing an evidence base to inform future interventions, this systematic review will help ensure that the global public can have confidence in, and benefit from, high quality evidence-based action against AMR.
You can find more information on policy strategies in Dr Van Katwyk’s publication, ‘Government policy interventions to reduce human antimicrobial use: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis‘.