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The number of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics is increasing worldwide. In the Netherlands, that number is generally stable, and it is not at such a high level as in many other countries.
How to improve antibiotic use: a practical introduction to the development and implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs.
The major goal of the Dutch Working Party on Antibiotic Policy (Dutch acronym is SWAB) is to contribute to the containment of the development of antimicrobial resistance and of the expanding costs of the use of antibiotics. This is achieved by optimizing the use of antibiotics by means of guideline development, education and antibiotic resistance surveillance.