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BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 27 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:982

Guidelines help doctors to cut down antibiotic prescribing: Improving the way that antibiotics are prescribed to hospital inpatients can reduce antibiotic resistance and hospital acquired infection, according to a systematic review of 66 studies. The authors found that guidelines restricting doctors' prescribing habits had a greater immediate impact than just trying to persuade them to change their ways (Cochrane …

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