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How we cut antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infections (1 CPD hour)

Dr Peter Smith explains how his practice tackled patients’ and GPs’ ‘addiction’ to prescribing antibiotics 


Dr Smith’s case study covers:

  • Recent evidence on appropriate antibiotic prescribing
  • Advice on developing a practice policy on prescribing antibiotics
  • Techniques and resources for educating patients about appropriate home treatments,

After reading this article you will be asked to record your learning points and some action points to earn a suggested 1 CPD credit. Below are some suggested questions to reflect on as you work through the module:

  • Are you familiar with the NICE guidance on prescribing for RTIs? Are you prepared to adapt, discuss and disseminate this guidance to achieve a consensus within your practice? How will you go about this?
  • Do you have a GP lead for this project? Are other team members – including receptionists and nursing staff – adequately involved?
  • Do you have access to adequate information to provide to patients?
  • Have you a clear timetable to implement the plan? Should you liaise with other agencies e.g. A&E, OOH?
  • Is the practice prepared to absorb any negative reaction in the short to medium term, e.g. unhappy patients and, complaints? 

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