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Fewer antibiotics prescribed for RTIs, study finds

The rate of consultations and the prescribing of antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections fell substantially between 1997 and 2006, a UK analysis of data from the General Practice Research Database has found.

The consultation rate for RTI in females declined from 442.2 to 330.9 per 1,000 of the registered population between 1997 and 2006, and from 318.5 to 249.0 per 1,000 of the registered population between 1997 and 2006 in males.

During that decade the rate of antibiotics prescriptions dropped by 8.5 per 1,000 in women and 6.7 in men.

Journal of Public Health, published online 4 September 2009

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