Project: Analysis of the impact of electronic approval systems for antimicrobial prescribing in Melbourne hospitals
Surveillance of antimicrobial use and appropriateness of prescribing is essential to inform prevention and containment strategies for antimicrobial resistance. The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) is a Centre of Research Excellence focused on antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship, based at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. NCAS undertakes research relating to antimicrobial consumption, inappropriate use, interventions to change prescribing behaviour, and measuring the effectiveness of these interventions. Data have been collected on the volumes of restricted classes of antimicrobial drugs consumed for two years before, and two years after electronic antimicrobial approval systems were implemented in eight large public hospitals in Melbourne. The intention is to look at how these approval systems impacted on patterns of antimicrobial consumption over time.
This project would suit a student with an interest in antimicrobial resistance and public health, with analytic skills and familiarity with a statistical program (e.g. Stata). The data would be suitable for descriptive and time series analysis.