Antibiotic prescribing in general practice during COVID-19

  03 December 2020

The decrease in absolute number of antibiotic prescriptions reflects the trend of falling antibiotic consumption in general practice since 2014 and the aim to reduce overprescribing. However, the unexpectedly high rate of prescribing during COVID-19 might reflect additional instances of inappropriate antibiotic use in telephone consultations.

These data support evidence that antibiotic prescribing rates are higher in remote consultations than during in-person appointments. This increase could reflect the greater diagnostic uncertainty that results from an inability to examine patients and perform investigations during telephone appointments, which might lead clinicians to take greater precautions in cases of possible infection.

The data also reflect growing concerns that COVID-19 might be contributing to antimicrobial resistance. With evidence that 70% of patients with COVID-19 receive antibiotics when not clinically indicated, focus has centred on antibiotic misuse in the clinical management of COVID-19, but not on the additional risks posed by remote prescribing.

 

Author(s): Richard Armitage, Laura B Nellums
Effective Surveillance  
Back


Technology Database

Display your AMR Technology, Product and Service

 

Suppliers and Users of Technologies, Products and Services benefit from CAPI.
CAPI (Continuous AMR Partnering Initiative) unites Suppliers and Users worldwide with the aim to add to the curbing of AMR.

 

Read more and make your own Technology Page >>
What is going on with AMR?
Stay tuned with remarkable global AMR news and developments!