The drugs don't work:evaluation of educational theatre to gauge and influence public opinion on antimicrobial resistance


Increased public awareness of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a key component of effective antimicrobial stewardship strategies. Educational theatre combined with an expert panel was used to engage the public about AMR through delivery of a play entitled 'The drugs don't work'. Audience knowledge and understanding of AMR were measured by pre- and post-play questionnaires. Performance of the play and discussion with the expert panel significantly improved audience knowledge and understanding of AMR, including antibiotic misuse and prescribing. Educational theatre provides a positive learning experience and is an innovative method of public engagement to disseminate important public health messages.

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Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Pharmacy
Life & Health Sciences > Cell & Tissue Biomedical Research
Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Biosciences
Life & Health Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR)
Engineering & Applied Sciences
Languages & Social Sciences > Sociology and Policy
Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
Languages & Social Sciences
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of The Healthcare Infection Society. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC-BY license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Funding: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council EP/M02735X/1.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Antimicrobial resistance,Educational theatre,Health education,Public engagement,Microbiology (medical),Infectious Diseases
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-02-01
Published Online Date: 2019-10-16
Accepted Date: 2019-10-10
Authors: Ahmed, Rabia
Bashir, Amreen (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0428-0922)
Brown, James E P (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-3504-7373)
Cox, Jonathan A G (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5208-4056)
Hilton, Anthony C (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8025-5270)
Hilton, Charlotte E
Lambert, Peter A (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-8243-2741)
Theodosiou, Eirini (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-7068-4434)
Tritter, Jonathan Q (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1651-2428)
Watkin, Samuel J
Worthington, Tony (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1906-3357)


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