Checklist cuts GP antibiotic use by 10%

A seven-point GP checklist can help identify which children with acute respiratory tract infections will not need antibiotics, researchers say.

If used routinely by GPs, the decision support tool will cut antibiotic prescribing by at least 10% and also ensure that high-risk children with bacterial infections are treated with appropriate antibiotics, according to the UK primary care researchers who developed it.

Their study of 8384 children showed that those who scored one point or less on the seven-item range of clinical characteristics, such as wheeze and high fever, had only a 0.3% risk of