Combating antimicrobial resistance: Antimicrobial stewardship program in Taiwan

Shu Hui Tseng, Chun Ming Lee, Tzou Yien Lin, Shan Chwen Chang, Yin Ching Chuang, Muh Yong Yen, Kao Pin Hwang, Hsieh Shong Leu, Che Chieh Yen, Feng Yee Chang

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Multi-drug-resistant organisms are increasingly recognized as a global public health issue. Healthcare-associated infection and antimicrobial resistance are also current challenges to the treatment of infectious diseases in Taiwan. Government health policies and the health care systems play a crucial role in determining the efficacy of interventions to contain antimicrobial resistance. National commitment to understand and address the problem is prerequisite. We analyzed and reviewed the antibiotic resistance related policies in Taiwan, USA, WHO and draft antimicrobial stewardship program to control effectively antibiotic resistance and spreading in Taiwan. Antimicrobial stewardship program in Taiwan includes establishment of national inter-sectoral antimicrobial stewardship task force, implementing antimicrobial-resistance management strategies, surveillance of HAI and antimicrobial resistance, conducting hospital infection control, enforcement of appropriate regulations and audit of antimicrobial use through hospital accreditation, inspection and national health insurance payment system. No action today, no cure tomorrow. Taiwan CDC would take a multifaceted, evidence-based approach and make every effort to combat antimicrobial resistance with stakeholders to limit the spread of multi-drug resistant strains and to reduce the generation of antibiotic resistant bacteria in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-89
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Antimicrobial stewardship program(ASP)
  • Healthcare-associated infection (HAI)
  • Multi-drug-resistant organisms(MDROs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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