Are more BERT letters needed to drive down antibiotic scripts?

Former RACGP president Dr Liz Marles argues that quality improvement measures are needed

More of BERT’s 'nudge' letters to GPs with high antibiotic prescribing rates could help further drive down antimicrobial dispensing, a former RACGP president argues.

Dr Liz Marles
Dr Liz Marles

Dr Liz Marles says a “supportive rather than punitive” feedback exercise — similar to the one run by the federal Department of Health in 2017 — is needed to improve prescribing without jeopardising patient safety