Free eBook on antimicrobial stewardship

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A new eBook has been launched called Antimicrobial Stewardship: From Principles to Practice, which has been endorsed by the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland.

Created and edited by Professor Dilip Nathwani, NHS Tayside consultant physician and Co-Director of the Academic Health Sciences Partnership (AHSP) in Tayside, the book is a global, practical and interactive primer on the wise use of antibiotics, relevant to a wide range of professions, populations, and clinical/care settings.

The eBook was produced by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC), with the support of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), and 37 experts from five continents.

Available as a PDF or an EPUB file, the book is easy to access and easy to update, and provides:

  • An extensive overview of the day-to-day challenges posed by antimicrobial resistance
  • Tools for setting up stewardship programmes
  • Guidance on how to make the most of existing stewardship programmes
  • Resources to apply the principles of stewardship to a wide range of professions, populations, and clinical/care settings
  • Support for colleagues working in low and middle-income countries
  • Advice on informing and influencing policymakers and journalists
  • An interactive, multimedia, platform with links to many videos, podcasts, and PDFs

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland Dr Catherine Calderwood said, “The importance of reducing the inappropriate use of antibiotics has been a key priority for the Scottish Government for many years,‎ and our efforts have been recognised across the world.

“We are working with partners across the UK to refresh and update plans for tackling antimicrobial resistance so I therefore welcome this innovative new eBook ‘Antimicrobial Stewardship: from Principles to Practice’ from the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC). It represents the work of dozens of experts from around the globe, including several NHS Scotland clinicians, who came together to provide a wide range of highly practical strategies – and in a format that is easy to use and easy to update.

“This eBook can play a critical role in providing education for clinicians across the global community to understand the principles of stewardship, the potential impact of antimicrobial resistance on healthcare as well as the important role that everyone can play in helping to save our antibiotics for future generations.”

The eBook also provides a perfect companion to BSAC’s free Massive Open Online Course on Antimicrobial Stewardship, which is available in English, Mandarin, Spanish and Russian. Visit for details.

For more information, please email Michael Corley, BSAC’s Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer at

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