Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College London, Hammersmith Campus
Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Correspondence: C. Micallef, Imperial College, London, NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College London, Du Cane Road, London W12 0NN, UK (email@example.com).
Christianne Micallef, Kornelija Kildonavaciute, Enrique Castro-Sanchez, Alison H. Holmes; Is There a Role for a Bespoke App on Antimicrobial Stewardship Targeting Patients and the Public?. Clin Infect Dis 2016; 63 (1): 140-141. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciw225
To the Editor—Previous studies in your journal [1–3] and others [4–6] have focused on the use of smartphone applications (apps) to help in the education and training of healthcare professionals (HCPs) around aspects of antimicrobial prescribing or stewardship (AMS). However, no studies have yet explored the availability of similar apps for patients or the public.
The following inclusion criteria were used to access apps on the Android Google Play and Apple iTunes stores: apps in the English Language and search terms were “antibiotic” and “antimicrobial,” respectively. C. M. accessed Google Play and K. K. independently accessed iTunes. Each app description was screened and games were excluded (unless they were clearly aimed at education and training). Any free...