WP1. Infections & antimicrobial resistance

In the infections and antimicrobial resistance work package we conduct research on the management of infections, antimicrobial stewardship, and antimicrobial resistance. The widespread use of antibiotics in primary care contributes to the development of antimicrobial resistance, widely described as one of the most serious threats of our times.

We aim to maximise the understanding of infectious disease epidemiology and mechanisms, develop and evaluate interventions to improve management of common infections and enhance antimicrobial stewardship in primary care.The results of our research will impact on clinical practice and health care policy for the benefit of patients, clinicians and communities of Wales and beyond.

Core activities:

  • Increasing the research evidence-base for primary care infection and antimicrobial resistance, and impact on clinical practice and primary health care policy through translation, training and dissemination

  • Decreasing unnecessary antibiotic prescribing through implementing new tests in GP surgeries

  • Developing learning resources for medical and dental practitioners about antimicrobial stewardship and patient safety

  • Using routine data to investigate the epidemiology of antibiotic prescribing in Wales and the UK

  • Maintaining and developing strong academic leadership from within the primary care research community in Wales

  • Building research capacity.


  • Dr Kathryn Hughes, GP and Clinical Lecturer at Cardiff University
  • Dr Harry Ahmed, GP, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Epidemiology and Director of the Academic Fellows Scheme at Cardiff University

Research projects

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WP1 Publications

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