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.


Patient Dialogue

information material, toolkit material

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.


Patient brochure

information material, toolkit material

A patient leaflet for primary care prescribers to hand out to patients: it explains to patients what antibiotic resistance is and why appropriate use of antibiotics is important.

Key messages for primary care prescribers

Primary care accounts for about 80% to 90% of all antibiotic prescriptions

Factsheet for experts

Antimicrobial resistance is the ability of a microorganism (e.g., a bacterium, a virus) to resist the action of an antimicrobial agent. The major cause of antimicrobial resistance remains the use of antimicrobials in human medicine.