Antimicrobial resistance challenging professional learning in three LMICs

Kaatrakoski, Heli; Littlejohn, Allison and Charitonos, Koula (2021). Antimicrobial resistance challenging professional learning in three LMICs. Journal of Workplace Learning (Early Access).



Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a huge global challenge calling for changes in learning and working in health care settings. The purpose of this study is to examine tensions expressed by professionals involved in AMR in three low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) in Asia and Africa.

The qualitative study was based on 60 face-to-face or online interviews in three LMICs. The interviews were analysed by thematic analysis and analysis of elements of an activity system.
A number of tensions within activity systems were analysed revealing key issues inhibiting reconceptualisation of object of work and moving toward new activity. The study suggests the issues of ‘context’ and ‘collaboration’ as critical when developing learning and work activities in analysed settings.

This study expands the analysis of learning needs beyond individual skills and knowledge by taking a systemic approach using the CHAT framework. It shows that learning around AMR is needed at individual, organisational and national level.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 74963
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1366-5626
  • Project Funding Details
  • Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
    Management Agent for the Fleming FundNot SetDepartment of Health (DoH)
  • Keywords
  • professional learning; antimicrobial resistance; low-to-middle income countries; CHAT
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Research Group
  • OpenTEL
  • Depositing User
  • Koula Charitonos