Project Name
Changing behaviour of health care officials and the general public towards a more prudent use of anti-microbial agents (CHAMP)

€1,445,260 (£952,080 to Cardiff University)

European Union FP6

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Principal Investigator
Cordinator: Prof Theo Verheij
Cardiff lead: Prof Chris Butler   

CHAMP Partners
University Medical Center Utrecht (The Netherlands), University of Antwerp (Belgium), University of Southampton, Cardiff, University of Birmingham, University of East Anglia, Medical University of Lodz (Poland), Université de Genève (Switzerland), Utrecht University (The Netherlands), Universita Degli Studi di Milano (Italy), University Miguel HernandezUMH (Spain).

Type of study
Scenario-based questionnaire study and multicentre qualitative study

Lay summary
The aim of CHAMP is to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics by developing effective tools to change behaviour of health care professionals, patients in primary care, and the general public on the prescription and use of antibiotics. Effective interventions in this field should take into account cultural differences between countries and be based on knowledge of perceptions and behaviour of medical professionals, patients and the general public within the European Union. Therefore the first stage of the project will explore current prevention and management of respiratory tract infections in European primary care and perception, expectations and illness behaviour of primary care patients with respiratory tract infections. Then an up-to-date inventory of both published and unpublished public campaigns and behavioural programs will be made and qualitative information from key-players and stake-holders in this field will be gathered. Cost-effectiveness of the different interventions used until now will be modelled. In addition, information will be gathered systematically on educational programs from medical schools on prevention and management of common respiratory tract infections. The information thus gathered will be analysed and priorities chosen. Consensus will be aimed for among experts and stakeholders on tools to improve the behaviour of medical professionals and the public concerning prevention and management of infectious diseases and antibiotic use. In addition, standard procedures will be developed to measure the effects of educational activities, behavioural programs and public campaigns in this field. Finally, the implementation of the behavioural program that is thus developed will be tried out and evaluated in six GP networks in six different countries. This will be done in close collaboration with the GRACE project.

Group role / contribution
WSPCR supported

Start date
April 2007

End date
March 2010