This is how we can improve antibiotic overuse by GP registrars
ACUTE sore throat presents a diagnostic challenge for GPs. It is a common condition, accounting for 2.5 of every 100 presentations to a GP in Australia.1
Australian Therapeutic Guidelines recommend avoiding antibiotic use for sore throat except in a minority of cases2, as the benefits are small, the practice costly, and the risks of resistance and side effects are high.
Doctors just starting out in community medicine, such as GP registrars, face many challenges learning to prescribe in an evidence-based manner.