Antibiotic scripts high among GP trainees

The worrying trend has serious implications for antibiotic resistance, the study authors said, because established prescribing habits tend to remain stable over time.

Researchers, led by the head of general practice at the University of Queensland, Professor Mieke van Driel, assessed the antibiotic prescribing patterns for upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) and acute bronchitis/bronchiolitis of 401 GP trainees enrolled in the Registrar Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) study.

A total of 48,539 patient encounters were recorded. Antibiotics were prescribed in 21.6% of