The UK Antimicrobial Registry (UKAR) has been developed by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen (UoA) Epidemiology Team to provide prescribers and organisations the opportunity to capture real world usage of antimicrobial agents and identify where the real clinical unmet need lies. This will provide an invaluable resource for future research studies and also enable the sharing of best practice.
UKAR is a collaborative epidemiological study through which BSAC is working with one academic and several industry partners to support the antimicrobial community in increasing positive outcomes for patients while helping to contain and control the threat of antimicrobial resistance. The study will initially collect information on the use of recently launched intravenous antibiotics, with a particular focus on those used to treat infections due to multi-drug resistant organisms.
The team from the University of Aberdeen Institute of Applied Health Sciences, led by Prof Gary Macfarlane, have been appointed as academic partner and bring experience in Registry development and evaluation. Several industry partners have committed support for the project.
UKAR is overseen by the multi-stakeholder Steering Committee that comprises clinicians appointed by BSAC to provide infection expertise along with the academic team to ensure appropriate consent and governance at all levels of implementation. Dr Jacqueline Sneddon is Programme Manager for this work and representatives from industry partners are also invited to inform the study as it progresses.
Following development of data requirements, build of the UKAR online database and agreement of the research question that the study will answer, the study team started working with pilot site hospitals towards the end of 2022. Open recruitment of hospital sites from early 2023 now provides an exciting opportunity for hospitals across the UK to be part of a programme with national and international importance.
Further information is available via the UoA website
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