Fresh analysis supports delayed antibiotic prescribing in respiratory care in the community
Delayed antibiotic prescribing is a safe and effective way to tackle respiratory tract infections, according to an article based on an analysis of patient data in the latest edition of The BMJ.
Written by an international team led by Beth Stuart, from the Academic Unit of Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education at the University of Southampton’s faculty of medicine, the article tackles the thorny issue of delayed prescribing – also known as ‘just in case prescribing’.
Here, patients agree not to collect a prescription immediately, opting to wait and see if their symptoms improve as part of campaign to reduce a reliance on antibiotics.
The results show that delayed prescribing and no antibiotic prescribing was associated with a similar duration of symptoms. It was unlikely to lead to poorer symptom control when compared to immediate antibiotic prescribing, the authors suggest.
While prescribing immediate antibiotics had a slight benefit for children, the authors did not consider this to be important enough to justify prescribing antibiotics immediately.
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