GPs should reduce antibiotic use with alternative treatments

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7345.1099/b (Published 04 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1099
  1. Michael Nissen, director of infectious diseases (theniss@mailbox.uq.edu.au),
  2. Chris Del Mar, professor
  1. Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Queensland, Royal Children's Hospital-Brisbane, Herston, Queensland 4029, Australia
  2. Centre for General Practice, University of Queensland Medical School, Herston, Queensland 4006

    EDITOR—Increasing evidence accumulating from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews suggests that the benefits of antibiotics in upper respiratory tract illnesses in childhood are modest. Nasrin et al have shown that the use of antibiotics in such cases increases the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in the children.1 Their study provides yet more urgency to reduce the use of antibiotics in general practice for acute …

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