Results from knowledge gathering survey for GM CHC BRiT project

Posted on the 14th November 2017

Earlier this year, the GM CHC Building Rapid Interventions to reduce antimicrobial resistance (BRiT) project conducted a survey to gather popular opinion from health care professionals on requirements for a data visualisation dashboard intervention currently being established by software developers at The University of Manchester.

The BRIT project aims to develop an e-lab and dashboard for NHS staff as part of efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance. The e-Lab is a stable, secure and ‘smart’ electronic repository which allows researchers to analyse anonymous patient information to infer patterns and trends in antibiotic prescribing. The dashboard is a data visualisation tool which will support healthcare professional to:

  • Compare their antibiotic prescribing data with data from others in their local area
  • Share effective action plans for reducing prescribing
  • Access statistical analysis provided by the GM CHC analysis team

The primary function of the dashboard is to provide user-centric information which will help support more effective prescribing of antibiotics in order to reduce the risk of resistance.

Respondents to the GM CHC survey were asked to rank from ‘very useful’ to ‘very useless’ items they would like to see selected for inclusion within the BRiT dashboard.

107 respondents answered this question and the most popular items for inclusion were:

  1. Level of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing (98)
  2. Guidelines on how to treat infections (90)
  3. Counts of antibiotic prescribing in each general practice (90)

The E-lab will improve data access, the ability to share data analytics and knowledge exchange on successful prescribing interventions.

109 respondents gave free text responses which related to the functional items they would like to see within the e-Lab.

  1. Provide access to prescribing rates, trends, patterns (25)
  2. Provide access to peer comparison (10)
  3. Provide access to care quality improvement data (6)
  4. Provide access to benchmarking against suggested antibiotic prescribing levels (5)
  5. Provide access to local antibiotic resistance patterns (4)

Respondents were also asked to suggest what requirements they would like to see that may not be directly linked to antibiotic prescribing. Of the 93 responses, the following items proved to be the most popular:

  1. Provide access to education for both patients and professionals
  2. Increase access to information, primarily seen as important for professionals
  3. Provide access to awareness raising material, primarily for patients

GM CHC Public Engagement Lead Jo Hobbs undertook qualitative research on the survey to gain an understanding of the requirements health care professionals would like to see in an antibiotic specific dashboard.

Evidence from the survey suggests there is a clear need for:


Free text responses to survey questions were analysed using thematic analysis and word frequency analysis. Thematic analysis refers to a process in which the researcher explores the data by focusing on themes sharing common characteristics. Word-frequency analysis refers to a process whereby the researcher explores the data by focusing on the frequency with which keywords, phrases, and associated concepts appear throughout the text. Combining thematic analysis and word frequency analysis helped to unpack the data by facilitating the identification and perceived importance of broad themes and sub themes.

To read the complete summary of BRIT survey findings, please click here.

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