The aim of this project is to research the transmission of multiresistant gastrointestinal pathogens in health systems of selected European countries and Israel. It will look at the role of patient flows between and within hospitals as well as the characteristics of different gastrointestinal pathogens. A generic network model will be developed on the basis of the patient flows in which the impact of various prevention strategies will be examined such as the use of targeted screening or isolation. The results of these analyses will provide the basis for recommendations for prevention strategies.
These projects are part of a transnational research collaboration under the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR). The collaboration involves scientists from Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain working together on a solution to this research question. The funding measure pursues the aim of bringing together relevant research groups with complementary expertise and resources from the participating countries. Cooperative research approaches will achieve progress in preventing, monitoring and combating antibiotic resistance which could not be achieved on a national level.