163140 - (When) To prescribe (antibiotics) or not to prescribe. That is the question!
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This ALM is designed to aid GPs to get up-to-date with the latest edition of Therapeutic Guidelines’ Antibiotics 16.
Antibiotic prescribing is a common activity for GPs, yet is becoming more difficult as evidence evolves about the conditions for which antibiotics are indicated, and increasingly, not indicated. Accordingly, much has changed in this new edition of the Antibiotic Guidelines regarding research evidence and practice recommendations.
This ALM is facilitated by practicing GPs, an ID physician, a public health physician and a pharmacist, three of whom were members of the group responsible for updating the Antibiotic guidelines. The ALM structure will provide a mix of preparatory activities, didactic and experiential education activities, with ample opportunity for questions through the day. The content is focused on the common conditions seen in general practice: UTIs, skin and soft tissue infections and respiratory infections, and shared decision making.
In 2015, 45% of the Australian population was supplied with at least one antibiotic. This is a higher rate than in many equivalent countries, which suggests that some antibiotic use may be unnecessary. Antibiotic use leads to the development of bacterial antibiotic resistance, unnecessary or inappropriate antibiotic prescribing adds to the increased medicalisation of self-limiting conditions and is a safety issue due to adverse events. Australian data analysis has shown: high rates of inappropriate antibiotic use, frequent use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, and antibiotic scripts with repeats written. GPs feel pressure to prescribe antibiotics to meet a patient’s expectations. There is a need to improve GP knowledge and skills regarding antibiotic prescribing, especially in the areas of antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract, urinary tract and skin and soft tissue infections, and to provide practical strategies to help GPs monitor and improve their own prescribing.Learning outcomes