Antimicrobial resistance and prescribing for acute respiratory tract infections; where are we now?
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The IJMS recently published a review paper conducted by a general practice research group at the University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School that described the global threat of antimicrobial resistance, which is associated with increased consumption of antibiotics . Most antibiotic prescribing takes place in primary care, and the commonest reason for antibiotic prescription in adults is acute respiratory tract infection (ARTI) . One of the most important reasons for antibiotic prescribing is how much doctors think that the patient expects an antibiotic for their ARTI . Further qualitative research on this topic from our department confirms that general practitioners (GPs) believe that high levels of expectation exist in patients presenting with ARTI, especially if they are not entitled to free care and were attending an out of hours (OOH) center . However, a quantitative study conducted by our research group during the same time period investigated...
This study was partly funded by a grant from the Research and Educational Foundation of the Irish College of General Practitioners. Grant number is not specified.
Compliance with ethical standards
Ethical approval for the studies quoted in this letter was granted by the Health Service Executive Mid-West Research Ethics Committee. Ethics approval number 068/17.
This article does not contain any studies on animals performed by any of the authors.
Conflict of interest
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
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