Antibiotics Matter: Ethical Questions about Antibiotic Stewardship

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A Public Health and Preventative Medicine (PHPM) webinar hosted by

National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases

"Antibiotics Matter: Ethical Questions about Antibiotic Stewardship"

Monday, February 25, 2019 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm CST (2:00 - 3:00 EST)

This webinar is available in English only.

Webinar Description:

This webinar will explore ethical considerations of appropriate prescribing of antibiotics of public health, primary care and specialist physicians, where there may be perceived tension between duty to individual patients and duty to avoid overuse of antimicrobials.

Antimicrobial resistance is an increasing threat to population health and can be devastating for patients. There is evolution of a coordinated approach to AMR: there is more information available for patients and prescribers ( to educate and guide, and health authorities and governments are starting to invest more in their antimicrobial stewardship efforts. This can leave some physicians unsure about what is best for their patients.

Our presenter, Dr. Lynora Saxinger will survey the ethics of antimicrobial stewardship, including how this is framed by national physician societies, and offer some current and evolving strategies to help balance practitioners’ concerns, such as whether they will be held accountable for any harm from withholding treatment, or fears of doing something ‘new’ or non-normative among their colleagues.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the evolution of antimicrobial resistance globally and in Canada

  • Evaluate some of the ethical issues posed by AMR both broadly (current and future risk, issues of distribution of resources) and in specific physician patient interactions including considerations for appropriate prescribing for infectious diseases

  • Propose strategies to mitigate concerns from patients and colleagues when asked to make changes to prescribing habits

  • Demonstrate enhanced CanMEDS competencies (particularly Professional, Communicator, Advocate, Leader, Collaborator) in areas of antimicrobial resistance, appropriate prescribing and stewardship, health advocacy and professionalism

Participants will have a chance to discuss problems and practical issues in an interactive Q & A session following the presentation. Registrants are invited to submit questions of interest prior to the webinar to S.M. Zeeshan Qadar at

Access Instructions:

To join the webinar, please click the link below to sign into the webinar room. Sign in as a guest by typing your full name. Your name will be kept confidential.

For optimal sound quality, we recommend that attendees listen to the webinar through their computer speakers/headphones. As our teleconference line has limited capacity, we hope to reserve the phone lines for presenters and for those unable to connect through their computer.

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Toll-free dial-in number: 1-866-792-1319

Conference ID: 4992517

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Dr. Lynora Saxinger, Associate Professor, Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alberta

Dr. Lynora Saxinger is an Infectious Diseases specialist whose clinical practice includes HIV, Hepatitis C, nontransplant immunocompromised hosts, and Travel and Tropical Medicine. She is co-Chair of the Alberta Health Services Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee and involved in national stewardship initiatives to promote best practices in antibiotic use. Areas of research interest include antimicrobial utilization, epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance, and derivation of stewardship best practices.


Margaret Haworth-Brockman (NCCID)

Note: Funding for the series was provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The opinions expressed are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Public Health Agency of Canada or the host organization, National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID).

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