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92212 - Otitis Media: Clarifying the role of antibiotics - National Case Study

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This online National Case Study will allow you to explore risk factors for acute otitis media, review the role of antibiotic therapy in the treatment of acute otitis media and consider available treatment options for acute otitis media including pharmacological and symptomatic management. 

This activity has been designed using adult learning principles including the presentation of clinical scenarios with questions, prompts and supporting materials to help the participants reflect on their decision-making skills and improve patient care.

Relevance to General Practice

Inappropriate prescribing and use of antibiotics is a significant issue in primary care, and contributes to the selection and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

Antibiotic use remains high in Australia. Despite guidelines not advising antibiotics for most cases of acute tonsillitis, sinusitis, acute otitis media or acute bronchitis, only a small proportion of patients with these conditions goes untreated. Data also reveals that a large proportion of the antibiotics prescribed are not the ones recommended by guidelines. GP’s report managing patient expectations for antibiotics to be the most common barrier to appropriate prescribing, along with limited time to discuss antibiotics with patients or carers. 

Learning outcomes

  • Outline recommended pharmacological management of Acute Otitis Media (AOM)
  • Assess the need for antibiotic therapy in patients with AOM
  • Reassure patients and/or their carers that in most cases, AOM can be adequately managed without antibiotics
  • Recognise appropriate prevention strategies for AOM
  • Deliver appropriate management of AOM using risk factor assessment and shared decision making with the patient and/or their carer
92212 - Otitis Media: Clarifying the role of antibiotics - National Case Study
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