Europe delays antibiotics

To find out how often GPs use this strategy, a study was carried out in 13 European countries.

Fourteen primary care networks collected information about adults with acute cough or features of a lower respiratory tract infection.

An antibiotic was given immediately to 46.5% while 6.3% were given a delayed prescription.

GPs gave different advice with their delayed prescriptions. The median delay they advised ranged from two to seven days, with 22% of patients being told to wait for more than seven days to collect their prescription. Approximately 44% of the patients