Using Weibo and WeChat social media channels to assess public awareness and practices related to antimicrobial resistance, China, 2019

  15 May 2021

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global healthcare problem, including in China where high rates of resistance to common bacterial infections have been documented. In 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) in China established a comprehensive strategic plan to increase awareness about AMR through education programs.

While awareness of AMR was high in this survey of social media users in China, inappropriate antibiotic use remains common, including the believe that antibiotics can effectively treat viral infections. Multiple interventions targeting the correct use of antibiotics and information on the cause AMR are likely needed. The 12320 Health Hotline provides a platform for conducting routine surveys to monitor antibiotic use and knowledge about AMR.

Further reading: BMC Public Health
Author(s): Lei Wang, Sujian Situ, Jeanette J. Rainey, Bin He, Xiaoge Su, Ronald L. Moolenaar & Ying Cui
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