Strategies to reduce antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections in primary care

This Cochrane Overview is the first publication produced with the support of Cochrane ’s Fast Track service. This service, which is offered by theCochrane Editorial Unit, supports expedited production of high-quality, high-impact Cochrane Reviews. For more information, please visit theFast Track information page.Key findings:A newCochrane Overview has identified effective and safe clinician-focussed interventions to reduce antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections (ARIs) in primary care.The authors found that point-of-care CRP testing, procalcitonin-guided management and shared decision making probably safely reduce antibiotic prescribing in the management of ARIs compared to usual care.There were no trials in the included reviews which compared interventions against one another, so we do not know which is most effective at reducing antibiotic prescribing for ARIs in primary care. Context: Antibiotic resistance has become a major public health problem, with some infections no longer treatable using currently available drugs. The inappropriate use of antibiotics is associated with the increase of resistance. Most antibiotics are prescribed in primary care, and most commonly for ARIs. In most cases ARIs seen in primary care are spontaneously resolved without antibiotics.The management of ARIs in primary care is therefore a key target for influencing the antibiotic prescribing behaviour of clinicians.What does the review say?:The authors identi...
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