Education is an essential strategy for improving the use of antibiotics. Importantly, education should not be the only strategy utilized in performing antibiotic stewardship. We have identified three distinct groups of individuals for whom education about antimicrobial stewardship is valuable: clinical staff outside of Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship (note that this education is required by The Joint Commission); Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship providers; and, patients and their families/caregivers.
The Pediatric Committee on Antimicrobial Stewardship maintains a stewardship education resources repository (PIDS Stewardship Education Share Folder).This repository includes educational curricula, didactic lectures, and other materials that can help provide education to a variety of learners. Access to this folder for sharing and uploading educational materials can be requested through PIDS.
These materials are aimed at frontline clinicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other clinical providers. ASPs should educate clinical staff about antimicrobial resistance and the role of the ASP in promoting patient safety and optimizing clinical outcomes. The Joint Commission requires education of healthcare employees about antimicrobial resistance and stewardship (https://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/6/New_Antimicrobial_Stewardship_Standard.pdf)
Physicians and pharmacists (and other personnel when applicable) involved in the ASP have many opportunities for professional development, both during and after formal training.