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Antibiotic Prescribing

This policy brief summarises the issues for the need to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for RTIs in ambulatory (primary) care by optimizing the use of CRP-POCT and its integration into clinical practice guidelines. It integrates a summary of the current evidence from a meta-analysis of RCTs on the clinical effectiveness of CRP-POCT to reduce antibiotic prescribing for RTIs. Based on this, and both high-profile RCTs and guidelines, it considers the steps that can be taken to address the continuing issue of unnecessary antibiotic prescribing, which can be a challenge due to the following main factors:

  • data on antibiotic consumption (for RTIs) from Swiss primary care are limited
  • documentation of the use of CRP-POCT to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for RTIs in Swiss primary care is limited
  • guidance on the use of CRP-POCT to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for RTIs in primary care is lacking
  • advice for physicians on how to deal with patients’ pressure and the decision of not prescribing antibiotics is lacking

 

Stakeholders: 

SLHS Lead: University of Zurich, Institute of Primary Care

Author: Nahara Anani Martinez Gonzalez

Policy Brief (available in English): Download PDF

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Summary of Stakeholder Dialogue (available in English): Download PDF

 

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