Materials for primary care prescribers
How to inform patients about the risks of antibiotic resistance and appropriate use of antibiotics and alternative treatments for viral infections such as common colds and flu.
A model for a patient dialogue on the basis of available evidence provides guidance and support for primary care prescribers who encounter patient pressure for antibiotics, and promotes appropriate antibiotic use by patients. It can be used as a fact sheet or as a desk reminder during consultations.
Key messages for primary care prescribers
Primary care accounts for about 80% to 90% of all antibiotic prescriptions