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The Large Scale Collective Action Dilemma of Antibiotic Resistance

Research project

Short description

Antibiotic resistance is a multilayer large-scale collective action dilemma. Individual patients may request antibiotic therapy, but an overall reduction in antibiotic use is necessary to limit resistance. Likewise, physicians may sometimes be tempted to circumvent guidelines regarding prescriptions of antibiotics, in order to sustain trustful doctor-patient relationships.

Thus, to limit unnecessary use of antibiotics, there is an urgent need for steering of antibiotic use, legitimate both in the eyes of patients and physicians. Making use of a hypothetical scenario experimental approach, this paper explores antecedents of support for steering among both patients and physicians. Since variation in antibiotic prescription patterns can be attributed both to patients’ request of antibiotics and physicians’ willingness to prescribe, this study investigate the influence of scenarios vignettes emphasizing 1) demand or 2) supply factors on the acceptability of regulatory/self-regulatory instruments. We will do this by using an experimental design on respondents in the Citizens Panel provided by Laboratory of Opinion Research.

Researchers (länkas till nya katalogen)

Niklas Harring and Sverker Jagers, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg and Björn Rönnerstrand, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg – CARe.



The work of CeCAR as a whole is expected to contribute significantly to the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

This project contributes to the following goal: