Government policy interventions have not been rigorously evaluated to fight the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, revealed new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Susan Rogers Van Katwyk of the University of Ottawa, Canada, and colleagues. In the new work, researchers systematically searched seven global databases for studies that clearly described and evaluated a government policy intervention aimed at reducing human antimicrobial misuse. They identified 69 published evaluations of such interventions carried out around the world. Empowering Better Health Manage Your Diabetes Manage Your Hypertension Manage Your Kidney Health Manage Your Sex Life Health Tips Described in these 69 studies were 17 different types of policies that governments have deployed and tested to reduce antimicrobial use, including public awareness campaigns, antimicrobial guidelines, vaccination, and tailored regulations for prescribing and reimbursement. Unfortunately, most existing policy options have not been rigorously evaluated, which limits their usefulness in planning future policy interventions. Of the studies, only 4 had a randomized controlled design, the gold standard for medical interventions, while 35 used rigorous quasi-experimental designs and the remaining 30 were uncontrolled and descriptive. The current systematic review was unable to directly investigate the impact of the different interventions on AMR, but reductions in antimicrobial use are likely to lead to lower levels of resistance over time. ‘Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is on the rise due to persistent misuse and overuse of antimicrobials, and has already rendered some infections untreatable with existing drugs.’ "To avoid future waste of public resources, and in line with WHO recommendations for national action on AMR, governments should ensure that AMR policy interventions are evaluated using rigorous study designs and that study results are published," the authors say. Source: Eurekalert << Cannabis Reduces Seizures in Children With Severe Epilepsy Hot Water Soak Benefits People With Peripheral Artery Diseas... >> Recommended Reading Standardized Protocols to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance Experts define global criteria for hospital programs to tackle antimicrobial resistance. READ MORE ICMR Partners With Pfizer to Set Up Center to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance The Indian Council of Medical Research has signed a MoU with the American pharmaceutical firm Pfizer to set up a center to combat antimicrobial resistance. READ MORE Antimicrobial Resistance is Increasing Tremendously Aiming at reining in antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has come out with a draft policy on use of antibiotics in healthcare. READ MORE Challenges in Tackling the Growing Problem of Antimicrobial Resistance Researchers sequenced genomes to uncover the origins of the very first MRSA to trace its evolutionary history. READ MORE Food Preservatives - How Safe Are They? Food preservatives are basically antimicrobials or anti-oxidants that help preserve food by destroying the microbes and stopping decomposition of food products. READ MORE Third Party Administrator for Claims and Cashless Health Insurance Understanding the role of Third Party Administrator (TPA) in the world of health insurance and how the TPA are changing the face of health insurance. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Blood - Sugar Chart Drug Interaction Checker Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects More News on: Third Party Administrator for Claims and Cashless Health InsuranceFood Preservatives - How Safe Are They?