Antimicrobial stewardship - Do we need it in Pakistan?

Ali Faisal Saleem, Asma Pethani

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In order to identify the literature and research available on development and implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme (ASP) in Pakistan, a systematic search of various electronic databases such as PubMed, Cochrane, CINAHL and PakMedinet from January 1, 2008 till November 2018 was conducted. Studies were included if they were focused around the development and implementation of the ASP within Pakistan. The search revealed that a significant knowledge gap exists regarding antimicrobial/antibiotic stewardship within Pakistan and not much is known about the current status of the development and implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programme. Only two research studies were found to be significant. Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme's development and implementation is highly essential and important. Currently, there exists a huge knowledge and systematic gap regarding ASP implementation at healthcare institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2449-2453
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number12 B
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme
  • Antimicrobial resistance


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