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Repeatable antibiotic prescriptions: an assessment of patient attitudes, knowledge and advice from health professionals


Thompson, A and Copping, S and Stafford, A and Peterson, G, Repeatable antibiotic prescriptions: an assessment of patient attitudes, knowledge and advice from health professionals, Australasian Medical Journal, 7, (1) pp. 1-5. ISSN 1836-1935 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Australasian Medical Journal

DOI: doi:10.4066/AMJ.2014.1871


Background: Previous Australian research has identified that general practice software systems appear to be associated with an increase in repeatable antibiotic prescriptions. Such prescriptions potentially facilitate the use of antibiotics without medical consultation and may be inconsistent with attempts to promote prudent use of antimicrobials.

Aims: We sought to assess knowledge and attitudes to antibiotics amongst patients presenting with a repeatable prescription; and the provision of supporting advice from healthcare professionals regarding use of these repeats.

Method: Six community pharmacies across Tasmania invited patients presenting with a repeatable antibiotic prescription to participate in the study. Participants were asked to complete a questionnaire and return this to the research team in a pre-paid envelope.

Results: Fifty-seven of 244 (23 per cent) surveys were returned. Regarding provision of advice on use of the repeat, 14 (25 per cent) of respondents stated that they were given no advice by the prescriber and 19 (30 per cent) no advice from the pharmacist. Five (9 per cent) were given no advice from either prescriber or pharmacist. One-third of respondents indicated that they would keep the repeat for future use and around three-quarters perceived no major safety concerns with antibiotics.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:antibiotic, prescription, repeat, patient, knowledge, attitude
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Thompson, A (Mr Angus Thompson)
UTAS Author:Peterson, G (Professor Gregory Peterson)
ID Code:88437
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2014-02-03
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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