Online training for general practitioners reduces antibiotic use in children
11 October 2018
A targeted online training program for general practitioners, combined with an information booklet for parents, led to fewer antibiotic prescriptions for children with respiratory tract infections, allowing unnecessary use of antibiotics to be reduced relatively easily.
The benefits are a lower risk of antibiotic resistance, fewer adverse effects and lower health costs. These conclusions are drawn by Anne Dekker, who obtained her PhD on this research in Utrecht on September 27.
Of all antibiotics, about eighty percent are prescribed by general practitioners, mainly for respiratory infections and ear infections. Such infections are often viral, usually mild and often pass away spontaneously. An antibiotic treatment is unnecessary in that case because it does not reduce the severity or the duration of the symptoms. Unnecessary antibiotic use increases the risk of antibiotic resistance, leads to excessive drug use and exposes patients...