Continuing Medical Education

Twitter: A tool to improve healthcare professionals’ awareness of antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship

D A Goff, D van den Bergh


The World Health Organization urges international collaboration for the containment of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) or ‘superbugs’. If
left unchecked, AMR could result in 4.1 million deaths in Africa by 2050. Furthermore, without effective antibiotics, surgical procedures
would become much riskier and in many cases impossible. Antimicrobial stewardship requires a multidisciplinary approach; however, many
programmes still struggle to achieve the ‘reach’ required to educate and engage all healthcare providers (HCPs). Twitter use among South
Africans has grown by 129% in 12 months, from 2.4 million to 5.5 million. HCPs can use Twitter to network and connect with worldwide
experts, obtain real-time news from medical conferences, participate in live Twitter chats conducted by experts or medical organisations,
or participate in international journal clubs. Used responsibly and professionally, Twitter can spread the call to action and connect frontline
healthcare professionals to help win the battle against AMR.

Authors' affiliations

D A Goff, Department of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH, USA

D van den Bergh, Director of Quality Leadership, Netcare Ltd, South Africa

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Twitter; Antimicrobial resistance; Antimicrobial stewardship

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2015;105(5):420. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.9648

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-09-17
Date published: 2015-09-17

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