The inappropriate use of antibiotics is associated with the increase of resistance. Most antibiotics are prescribed in primary care, and most commonly for Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs). In most cases ARIs seen in primary care are spontaneously resolved without antibiotics. The management of ARIs in primary care is therefore a key target for influencing the antibiotic prescribing behaviour of clinicians.
A new Cochrane Overview has identified effective and safe clinician-focussed interventions to reduce antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections (ARIs) in primary care.