Congratulations to Flavia Ghouri who recently successfully defended her PhD thesis. The title of her thesis is: Behavioural insights into tackling antimicrobial resistance and urinary tract infections in pregnancy. The PhD was supervised by Dr Amelia Hollywood (Pharmacy Practice), Prof. Kath Ryan (Pharmacy Practice) and Dr Al Edwards (Pharmaceutics).
This PhD research project explored behavioural insights into antimicrobial resistance and urinary tract infections (UTIs) during pregnancy. Antimicrobial resistant UTIs are a rising global health threat and this is concerning during pregnancy as UTIs are the most common infection in this population. There are international and UK studies which suggest that antibiotics for UTIs are overused in pregnant women. Therefore, it is essential that the use of antibiotics during pregnancy is optimised. The aim of this research was to use behavioural science to explore and address the use of antibiotics for UTIs during pregnancy.
To read more about this work, Dr Ghouri published 4 papers from her thesis which are listed below:
Ghouri, F. and Hollywood, A. (2020) Antibiotic prescribing in primary care for urinary tract infections (UTIs) in pregnancy: an audit study. Medical Sciences, 8 (3). 40. ISSN 2076-3271 doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/medsci8030040
Ghouri, F., Hollywood, A. and Ryan, K. (2020) ‘There is no choice apart from antibiotics…’: qualitative analysis of views on urinary infections in pregnancy and antimicrobial resistance. Health Expectations, 23 (3). pp. 644-650. ISSN 1369-7625 doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.13044
Ghouri, F., Hollywood, A. and Ryan, K. (2019) Urinary tract infections and antibiotic use in pregnancy – qualitative analysis of online forum content. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 19 (1). 289. ISSN 1471-2393 doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-019-2451-z
Ghouri, F., Hollywood, A. and Ryan, K. (2018) A systematic review of non-antibiotic measures for the prevention of urinary tract infections in pregnancy. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 18 (1). 99. ISSN 1471-2393 doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-018-1732-2