Public preferences for delayed or immediate antibiotic prescriptions in UK primary care: A choice experiment

  01 September 2021

Delayed (or “backup”) antibiotic prescription, where the patient is given a prescription but advised to delay initiating antibiotics, has been shown to be effective in reducing antibiotic use in primary care.

This study found that delayed prescription appears to be an acceptable approach to reducing antibiotic consumption. Certain groups appear to be more amenable to delayed prescription, suggesting particular opportunities for increased use of this strategy. Prescribing choices for sore throat may need additional explanation to ensure patient acceptance, and parents in particular may benefit from reassurance about the usual duration of these illnesses.

Further reading: PLOS Medicine
Author(s): Liz Morrell, James Buchanan, Laurence S. J. Roope, Koen B. Pouwels, Christopher C. Butler, Benedict Hayhoe, Sarah Tonkin-Crine, Monsey McLeod, Julie V. Robotham, Alison Holmes, A. Sarah Walker, Sarah Wordsworth, STEPUP team
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