Reducing antibiotic overprescribing for LRTIs

A: Patient-centred communication skills training for GPs and written information materials for patients can help avoid unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions resulting from diagnostic uncertainty and patient expectations.1-3

Research carried out in general practice settings demonstrated that patient satisfaction is more likely to be influenced by good communication than by a prescription for an antibiotic.4-6 Labels like ‘acute bronchitis’ or ‘bronchitis