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Assessing the uptake and effectiveness of a quick reference guide to antibiotic prescribing in Australian general practice

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Thompson, AJ and O'Sullivan, P and Banham, E and Peterson, GM, Assessing the uptake and effectiveness of a quick reference guide to antibiotic prescribing in Australian general practice, Australian Journal of Primary Health ISSN 1836-7399 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 La Trobe University

DOI: doi:10.1071/PY15182

Abstract

Prescribing guidelines are an essential component of antimicrobial stewardship programs in Australian hospitals. Nonetheless, the majority of antibiotic prescribing occurs in the community and the effectiveness of guidelines developed specifically to meet the needs of Australian general practice is unknown. This study aims to assess the uptake and effectiveness of a quick reference guide to antibiotic prescribing among primary care prescribers. A quick reference guide to antibiotic prescribing was developed and prescribers in five Tasmanian practices were surveyed regarding use of this guide. Thirty-three surveys were returned and, of those answering specific sections, 75% were aware of the guide and 71% had used it within the last month. The guide affected the antibiotic prescribing practice of 74% of responding prescribers; most often on choice of antibiotic; but also on duration of treatment, dose and dosing frequency. A quick reference guide to antibiotic prescribing was well received by prescribers and may usefully support efforts to improve antimicrobial stewardship in the community.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Antibiotic, prescribing, guidelines, community, general practice
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research Field:Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Infectious Diseases
Author:Thompson, AJ (Mr Angus Thompson)
Author:Peterson, GM (Professor Gregory Peterson)
ID Code:109981
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2016-07-11
Last Modified:2016-08-08
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