In 2000, a report from the Provincial Health Officer on "Antimicrobial Resistance: Recommended Action Plan for British Columbia" suggested that there needed to be increased awareness among the public and prescribers about the risks of antimicrobial resistance the need to meet specific education and training requirements through collaboration with professional organizations.
To address some of these items, in the fall of 2005, funding was graciously provided by the Pharmaceutical Services Division, Ministry of Health Services for British Columbia to adopt the Do Bugs Need Drugs? program from the neighbouring province of Alberta.
An important component of the annual evaluation of the DBND program is to monitor trends in antibiotic resistance and antibiotic utilization in BC. Each year, we compile, analyze and interpret data on these key outcomes.
Our findings are presented in the Antimicrobial Stewardship dashboards.
The objectives of these reports are:
- To describe any changes in antibiotic utilization, and changes in indication specific prescribing in BC
- To describe trends in antibiotic resistant organisms in BC
- To provide analyses of the program impact on health outcomes for the citizens of BC
- To provide any other relevant evaluation information, including a summary of questionnaires, or other evaluation tools used