Shorter and longer courses of antibiotics for common infections and the association with reductions of infection-related complications including hospital admissions

  27 February 2021

Antimicrobial resistance is a serious global health concern that emphasises completing treatment course. Recently, the effectiveness of short versus longer antibiotic courses has been questioned. This study investigated the duration of prescribed antibiotics, their effectiveness and associated risk of infection-related complications.

Equal effectiveness was found between shorter and longer antibiotic courses and the reduction of infection-related hospitalisations. Stewardship programmes should recommend shorter courses of antibiotics for acute infections. Further research is required for treating patients with a complex medical history.

Author(s): Victoria Palin, William Welfare, Darren M Ashcroft, Tjeerd Pieter van Staa
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