In Practice

‘Esprit de corps’: Towards collaborative integration of pharmacists and nurses into antimicrobial stewardship programmes in South Africa

N Schellack, R Pretorius, A P Messina


With the global threat of antimicrobial resistance now more emergent than ever, there should be wider collaboration between members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team. This article proposes possible ways of engagement between the pharmacist, nurse and doctor. The pharmacist and nurse are placed in an ideal position through united efforts (camaraderie) to redirect healthcare towards improved patient outcomes while also reducing antimicrobial resistance.

Authors' affiliations

N Schellack, Department of Pharmacy, School of Health Care Sciences, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Pretoria, South Africa

R Pretorius, Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus), South Africa

A P Messina, Department of Quality Leadership, Netcare Hospitals, Johannesburg, South Africa

Full Text

PDF (75KB)


Pharmacists; Nurses; Integration; Antimicrobial stewardship

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2016;106(10):973-974. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i10.11468

Article History

Date submitted: 2016-09-12
Date published: 2016-09-23

Article Views

Abstract views: 4186
Full text views: 1587

Comments on this article

*Read our policy for posting comments here