Royal College of Art collaboration tackles antibiotic resistance in healthcare
A UK research collaboration to tackle antibiotic resistance in healthcare has launched a new website Preserving Antibiotics through Safe Stewardship (PASS). The multidisciplinary team of researchers, designers and health professionals is focussed on ‘antibiotic stewardship’: encouraging a more prudent use of antibiotics to preserve their effectiveness for years to come.
The research and outputs are detailed in a website aimed at professionals and the public: https://pass-antibiotics.github.io
Researchers and designers at the HHCD worked as part of the PASS team to develop interventions that support health practitioners’ good stewardship practice to change public perceptions surrounding the use of antibiotics.Design expertise was included in the team from the outset in order to ensure that there was a continuous thread running from the research directly to the design outputs. The team undertook ethnographic research, interviews, reviews of the literature and epidemiological analysis of electronic health records in order to provide insights into both the context in which prescribing takes place and the pressures that result in overprescribing.The HHCD ran a series of initial design-led workshops where healthcare teams from GP surgeries, hospitals, care homes and the community identified and defined the barriers to stewardship from their own perspective. These workshops helped to flag considerations that affect the shape, form and content of eventual design work.
A series of digital interventions were co-designed with the PASS team and with frontline clinicians, and subject to broader critical workshops where they were ranked and refined through a series of iterative design development. The interventions focus on promoting healthcare practitioner behaviours that support good stewardship of antibiotics.
Find out more about PASS and the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design.