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Educational intervention for parents and healthcare providers leads to reduced antibiotic use in acute otitis media

, : Educational intervention for parents and healthcare providers leads to reduced antibiotic use in acute otitis media. Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases 34(9): 657-659

We used a controlled before-and-after design with the aims of reducing both the total consumption of antibiotics and the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics against acute otitis media (AOM), and to study to what extent prescriptions for antibiotics against AOM were dispensed. Information on evidence-based treatment of uncomplicated AOM was provided to doctors and nurses, and written guidelines were implemented. Pamphlets and oral information concerning symptomatic treatment and the limited effect of antibiotic use in AOM were given to parents. Eligible patients were 819 children aged 1-15 y. The proportion of patients receiving a prescription for antibiotics was reduced from 90% at baseline to 74% during the study period. The proportion of prescriptions for penicillin V increased from 72% at baseline to 85% during the study period. There were no significant changes at the control site. The proportion of dispensed prescriptions was 70% both at baseline and during the study period. Educational efforts reduced the total consumption of antibiotics and the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics for AOM in children aged 1-15 y at an emergency call service. Data on antibiotic use in AOM based only on prescribing overestimates the use of antibiotics.


PMID: 12374355

DOI: 10.1080/00365540210147651

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