455. Monitoring the Popularity and Clinical Relevance of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Smartphone App among Medical Students and Residents at the University of Calgary
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Innovations in Medical Education
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Room: Poster Hall
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  • Background: A free antimicrobial stewardship smartphone app that integrates local antibiogram data into its recommendations, titled Spectrum, has recently been created to promote appropriate antimicrobial prescription practices among Calgary’s medical students, residents and physicians (www.TheSpectrumApp.com). Targeting the app towards medical students and residents is important as they are often first to prescribe antimicrobials in hospital settings and are more likely to use smartphone apps as medical resources.

    Methods: Qualitative data on app usage and user feedback was gathered by distributing an online survey among University of Calgary medical students and residents using social media and email. Those that have not used the app in clinical practice were excluded from rating analysis (N=63).

    Results: 108 medical residents and 57 medical students completed the survey (N=165). Internal medicine and family medicine residents comprised 68% and 21%, respectively, of participating residents. Of the 104 who downloaded and used the app, 60% use the app clinically 1-5 times per week and 25% greater then 5 times per week. Of the 104 who rated the app, 86% and 74% agreed that the app improved the appropriateness and safety, respectively, of their antimicrobial prescribing. Moreover, 88% felt the app saved them time, 96% felt the app was a useful education tool and 97% would recommend the app to colleagues. Many users commented that the app can be improved by increasing its content and making it available on different mobile devices.

    Conclusion: A locally designed antimicrobial stewardship smartphone app is felt to improve the clinical efficiency, safety and appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing among medical students and residents at the University of Calgary.

    William Stokes, MD, Internal Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada and Spectrum working group


    W. Stokes, None

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