Using Blended-Learning Approach to Improve Education on Antimicrobial Stewardship for Healthcare Providers in Abia State (Nigeria): Study Protocol

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Kingsley Nnah
Usenime Akpanudo
Chinenye Onodugo
Chukwuemeka Oluoha
Onyechere Nwokocha
Peace Ndukwe
Peace Egharevba
Nancy Onwueyi

Abstract

Background: Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise in Nigeria and globally. Antimicrobial stewardship training programs for healthcare professionals are evidence-based and cost-effffective means of curbing antimicrobial resistance. The purpose of this training is to understand the current landscape of antibiotics use in Abia State of Nigeria. The study also aims to develop and deliver antimicrobial stewardship training using a blended learning approach for health professionals and patent medicine vendors in Abia State Nigeria.


Methods: This study will involve health professionals who typically prescribe, dispense, or conduct tests on antibiotics, as well as students in relevant undergraduate programs. Participants will be recruited from Abia State, although the course is open to people from other parts of Nigeria. Patent medicine dealers in the 17 local government areas of Abia State will be recruited through their various organizations. Six modules of online courses lasting 6 weeks and a 3-day face-to-face will be organized and participants assessed using a series of pre and post-tests. scores.


Expected Results: We expect that health professionals and patent medicine vendors will have improved knowledge and competence in handling antimicrobials and make practice changes whilst also establishing antimicrobial stewardship programs in their localities. 


Conclusion: This training will equip participants with requisite skills in the use of antimicrobial and reduction of antibiotic resistance in Abia State and Nigeria as a whole.

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Nnah, K. ., Eguzo, K. ., Akpanudo, U. ., Onodugo, C. ., Oluoha, . C. ., Nwokocha, O. ., Ndukwe, P. ., Egharevba, P. ., & Onwueyi, N. . (2021). Using Blended-Learning Approach to Improve Education on Antimicrobial Stewardship for Healthcare Providers in Abia State (Nigeria): Study Protocol. The Nigerian Journal of Pharmacy, 55(2), 7–14 | https://doi.org/10.51412/psnnjp.2021.18. Retrieved from https://psnnjp.org/index.php/home/article/view/86
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Kingsley Nnah

Marjorie Bash College of Health Sciences and Technology, Aba - Nigeria

Marjorie Bash Foundation, Aba - Nigeria

Kelechi Eguzo

Marjorie Bash College of Health Sciences and Technology, Aba - Nigeria

Marjorie Bash Foundation, Aba - Nigeria

Usenime Akpanudo, Harding University,

Searcy - United States

Chinenye Onodugo, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital,g Hospital,

Enugu - Nigeria

Chukwuemeka Oluoha, Initiative for Public Health Advancement and Research,

Umuahia - Nigeria

Onyechere Nwokocha, Abia State Ministry of Health,

Umuahia - Nigeria

Peace Ndukwe, Abia State Ministry of Health,

Umuahia - Nigeria

Peace Egharevba, University of Benin,

Benin City – Nigeria

Nancy Onwueyi

Marjorie Bash College of Health Sciences and Technology, Aba - Nigeria

Marjorie Bash Foundation, Aba - Nigeria

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