Northern Dimension Antibiotic Resistance Study (NoDARS)
The NoDARS project was designed to provide health-care professionals, authorities and policy makers with comparable data that accurately reflect antibiotic resistance levels and the penetration of antibiotic resistance in the healthy population.
The project aimed to investigate the levels of specified antimicrobial resistance at the selected locations in Finland, Germany, Latvia, Norway Sweden, Poland and Russia. The project was divided into two parts where one part focused on determining resistance levels in Escherichia coli bacteria from uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) collected from patients attending primary health care centers. Part two focused on the penetration of antimicrobial resistance in society by determining the carriage rate of ESBL- and carbapenemase-producing E. coli and K. pneumoniae in community carriers. The results will help to evaluate and suggest improvements for existing national treatment recommendations and AMR strategies within the states of the participating partners.
The project received funding from the European commission via the Northern Dimension for Public Health and Social well-being (NDPHS).