Nurse Practitioners' Attitudes, Perceptions, and Knowledge About Antimicrobial Stewardship

Lilian Abbo, Laura Smith, Margaret Rose Pereyra, Mary Wyckoff, Thomas M. Hooton

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Background: Antimicrobial resistance is an urgent public health problem. There is very limited information regarding nurse practitioners' attitudes, perceptions, and knowledge about antibiotic use and resistance. Methods: Web-based anonymous survey in a university-affiliated hospital. Results: Most respondents agreed that antimicrobial resistance is a problem locally and nationally, were concerned about resistance in the community when prescribing antibiotics, and agreed that more appropriate use of antibiotics would decrease resistance. There is a paucity of knowledge in the management of anaerobic infections and resistant gram-negative bacteremia. Conclusion: Incorporating nurse practitioners into antimicrobial stewardship programs could improve evidence-based practices and antimicrobial use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-376
Number of pages7
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2012


  • Antibiotic use
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Attitudes
  • Electronic survey
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Perceptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • LPN and LVN
  • Fundamentals and skills


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