A study published in the April 2011 issue of the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology  journal found that lack of funding is an obstacle for healthcare organizations wishing to implement an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP).
Researchers distributed a survey to all members of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Emerging Infections Network (IDSA EIN) and received 522 responses. Seventy-three percent reported that their facilities have an ASP or are planning to create one, compared to only 50% in a similar survey done 10 years ago
The study found that 52% of respondents with an ASP reported that physicians working with infectious diseases did not receive payment for participating in the infection control programs, compared to 15% receiving payment 10 years ago.
The study concluded that lack of funding and workers remain an obstacle and hinder the implementation of more ASPs.