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Public views on antimicrobial resistance

This report is a review of information on the views and values of the public on antimicrobial resistance available at time of writing, November 2014.

Executive summary

Antibiotics have saved countless lives and helped to extend the average lifespan by 20 years, but the infectious organisms they are designed to treat are developing resistance to them, making the drugs less effective. The problem of resistance has been described as a catastrophic threat that requires immediate, global action. It is considered by the Government as one of the biggest threats of our time.

Responsibility for preventing the overuse and misuse of antibiotics lies with both clinicians and patients, so it is vital to understand attitudes and behaviour in this area.

 

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