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Med J Aust. 1994 Apr 18;160(8):502-5.

Improving the quality of antibiotic prescription patterns in general practice. The role of educational intervention.

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VMPF Therapeutics Committee, Parkville, Vic.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the quality of antibiotic prescribing by Victorian general practitioners, and the effectiveness of educational intervention techniques in improving prescribing.

DESIGN:

A randomised, controlled, parallel group trial.

SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS:

In rural and metropolitan Victoria, 182 general practitioners (78 control, 104 intervention) began and 103 (41 control, 62 intervention) completed the study.

INTERVENTION:

Participants recorded their antibiotic prescribing for tonsillitis. The intervention group received an educational mailing campaign. A project pharmacist visited each doctor to discuss campaign messages.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

The percentages of prescriptions of antibiotics for tonsillitis complying with those recommended in Antibiotic guidelines.

RESULTS:

In the intervention group, prescriptions consistent with recommendations in the guidelines increased from 60.5% before the campaign to 87.7% afterwards. Improvement also occurred in the control group, from 52.9% to 71.7% of prescriptions. The improvement within the intervention group was significantly greater than that within the control group.

CONCLUSIONS:

The educational campaign significantly improved the prescribing of appropriate antibiotics for tonsillitis by general practitioners.

PMID:
8170427
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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