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CHAMP


Changing behaviour of healthcare professionals and the general public towards a more prudent use of anti-microbial agents
EC contribution
: € 1.445.260
Duration
: 36 months
Starting date
: 01/07/2007
Funding scheme
: Specific Targeted Research Project
Keywords
: antibiotics, appropriate use, behavioural programs, respiratory tract infections
Contract/Grant agreement number
: SP5A-CT-2007-044317
Project web-site
: -

Background:

The aim of CHAMP is to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics by developing effective tools to change behaviour of health care professionals, patients in primary care, and the general public on the prescription and use of antibiotics.

Effective interventions in this field should take into account cultural differences between countries and be based on knowledge of perceptions and behaviour of medical professionals, patients and the general public within the European Union. Therefore the first stage of the project will explore current prevention and management of respiratory tract infections in European primary care and perception, expectations and illness behaviour of primary care patients with respiratory tract infections.

Then an up-to-date inventory of both published and unpublished public campaigns and behavioural programs will be made and qualitative information from key-players and stakeholders in this field will be gathered. Cost-effectiveness of the different interventions used until now will be modelled. In addition, information will be gathered systematically on educational programs from medical schools on prevention and management of common respiratory tract infections.

The information thus gathered will be analysed and priorities chosen. Consensus will be aimed for among experts and stakeholders on tools to improve the behaviour of medical professionals and the public concerning prevention and management of infectious diseases and antibiotic use. In addition, standard procedures will be developed to measure the effects of educational activities, behavioural programs and public campaigns in this field. Finally, the implementation of the behavioural program that is thus developed will be tried out and evaluated in six GP networks in six different countries. This will be done in close collaboration with the GRACE project.

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