An investigation into the effectiveness of antimicrobial stewardship during a pandemic- COVID-19 in acute care setting

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Review question 1. What strategies have been employed for effective antibiotic utilization/antimicrobial stewardship during pandemics? 2. What challenges have arisen in the use of antibiotics due to pandemics? 3. What antibacterial stewardship strategies have been employed in the acute care setting during the COVID-19 pandemic? 4. What antibacterial stewardship strategies can be adapted for use in acute care settings during pandemics? Searches [1 change] Firstly, rapid reviews in the PROSPERO were conducted for previously accepted systematic reviews, using different search terms that were used to carry out database searches for published articles from 2007 to March 2021. Then, the first search was completed on MEDLINE, using a comprehensive list of search terms, and this search was then amended or modified in the subsequent databases depending on the subject headings and keywords and their synonyms identified in the databases with more relevant and related keywords. A combination of keywords (searching the title and abstract) and index terms, as well as their synonyms where applicable, were used depending on the database. Spelling variations for different search terms were also employed. then search continued using the title field of the following databases: AMED (Allied and Complementary data Medicine); EMBASE; Embase classic; Global Health; HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium); International Pharmacutical Abstracts; Health and Psychosocial Instruments; PsycEXTRA; PsycINFO; Maternity & Infant Care Database (MIDIRS); PubMed; Scopus; Web of Science; C​I​N​A​H​L​
Original languageEnglish
TypeSystematic review
PublisherPROSPERO registration
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2021


  • systematic literature review
  • Systematic review
  • systematic literature reviews
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Antibiotics
  • Acute care setting
  • Literature review
  • literature review
  • clinical research
  • research methodologies
  • research method


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