24 February 2021

New EU project about prudent use of antimicrobials in human health through a patient-centered approach

On 14th-15th January was launched the EU project HAPPY PATIENT: “Health Alliance for Prudent Prescription and Yield of Antibiotics in a Patient-centred Perspective”.

The project aim is to enable a significant increase in the impact of the EU’s guidelines on the prudent use of antimicrobials in human health through a Patient-centered approach. Therefore, the project's structure follows the main points of contact to the Health care system to manage community-acquired infections (see pert chart).

Pert chart
Pert chart

Based on Quality improvement sciences methodology, the project will implement a multifaceted intervention based on state-of-the-art procedures and information to change practice behavior and patients’ perceptions about antibiotic use in community-acquired infections and its relation with the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The project consortium comprises 17 partners across Europe and expects to engage 500 Health Care Professionals and approximately 12.500 patients from five countries ( Spain, France, Greece, Poland, and Lithuania). Section of General Practice at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is responsible for preparing training resources for the planned audit-interventions targeting general practice and dentists, out-of-hour service, nursing homes and pharmacies (Work Package 2) (see pert chart).

Using participatory research methodology, we will co-design the intervention material that will be used to a) facilitate the communication between patients and health care professionals, b) facilitates health care professionals’ reflection for changing practice behavior, and c) train health care professionals and the public on the appropriate use of antibiotics for community-acquired infections.

For any inquiries, please contact:

Lars Bjerrum, Professor

Gloria Cordoba, Assistant Professor

Athina Chalkidou, Research Assistant

You are welcome to follow the development of the project at:

WEBSITE: www.happypatient.eu

TWITTER: @Happy_Patient

LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/company/happy-patient/