About the Authors

Marlieke E. A. de Kraker

marlieke.de.kraker@rivm.nl

Affiliations Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, The Netherlands, Department of Medical Microbiology, Academic Medical Centre Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Peter G. Davey

Affiliation Quality, Safety and Informatics Research Group, Dundee, United Kingdom

Hajo Grundmann

Affiliations Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, The Netherlands, Department of Medical Microbiology, Academic Medical Centre Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

on behalf of the BURDEN study group

Competing Interests

All authors have read the journal's policy and HG and MdK have declared that they have no competing interests. PD has the following conflicts, he has received support for research projects about the management of infection from Janssen Cilag and about the epidemiology of asthma from Glaxo Smith Kline. He has been a member of an Advisory Board on antimicrobial resistance for Wyeth and an Advisory Board about new antibiotics for Johnson and Johnson. He has received speaker fees and support to attend meetings from Johnson & Johnson and Optimer Pharmaceuticals.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: MdK PD HG. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: MdK PD HG. Designed the experiments/the study: HG MdK PD. Analyzed the data: MdK. Wrote the first draft of the paper: MdK. Contributed to the writing of the paper: MdK HG PD.