Improving feedback of surveillance data on antimicrobial consumption, resistance and stewardship in England: Putting the data at your Fingertips

Alan Johnson*, Berit Muller-Pebody, Emma Budd, Diane Ashiru Oredope, David Ladenheim, Doris Hain, Russell Hope, Alex Bhattacharya, Suzanne Elgohari, Rebecca Guy, Katherine Henderson, Richard Puleston, Graeme Rooney, Simon Thelwall, Edgar Wellington, Theresa Lamagni, Susan Hopkins

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The provision of better access to and use of surveillance data is a key component of the UK 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy. Since April 2016, PHE has made data on practice (infection prevention and control; antimicrobial stewardship) and outcome (prevalence of AMR, antibiotic use and healthcare-associated infections) available through Fingertips, a publicly accessible web tool ( Fingertips provides access to a wide range of public health data presented as thematic profiles, with the above data being available through the 'AMR local indicators' profile. Local data on a range of indicators can be viewed at the level of National Health Service acute trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups or general practitioner practices, all of which can be compared with the corresponding aggregate values for England to allow benchmarking. The data can be viewed in a range of formats including an overview showing counts and rates, interactive maps, spine charts and graphs that show temporal trends over a range of time scales or allow correlations between pairs of indicators. The aim of the AMR local indicators profile on Fingertips is to support the development of local action plans to optimize antibiotic prescribing and reduce AMR and healthcare-associated infections. Provision of access to relevant information in an easy to use format will help local stakeholders, including healthcare staff, commissioners, Directors of Public Health, academics and the public, to benchmark relevant local AMR data and to monitor the impact of local initiatives to tackle AMR over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)953-956
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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