The antibiotic course has had its day

July 29, 2017 at 11:25 am

British Medical Journal July 2017

Analysis

Martin J Llewelyn, professor of infectious diseases1 2, Jennifer M Fitzpatrick, specialist registrar in infection2, Elizabeth Darwin, project manager3, SarahTonkin-Crine, health psychologist4, Cliff Gorton, retired building surveyor5, John Paul, consultant in microbiology6, Tim E A Peto, professor of infectious diseases7, Lucy Yardley, professor of health psychology8, Susan Hopkins, consultant in infectious diseases and microbiology9, Ann Sarah Walker, professor of medical statistics and epidemiology3

1Department of Global Health and Infection, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Falmer, BN1 9PS, UK

2Department of Microbiology and Infection, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton, UK

3Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, UK

4Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Oxford, UK

5Oxford, UK

6Public Health England, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, UK

7Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford, UK

8Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Southampton, UK

9Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Correspondence to: M Llewelyn M.J.Llewelyn@bsms.ac.uk

With little evidence that failing to complete a prescribed antibiotic course contributes to antibiotic resistance, it’s time for policy makers, educators, and doctors to drop this message, argue Martin Llewelyn and colleagues

Antibiotics are vital to modern medicine and antibiotic resistance is a global, urgent threat to human health.

The relation between antibiotic exposure and antibiotic resistance is unambiguous both at the population level1 and in individual patients.

Reducing unnecessary antibiotic use is therefore essential to mitigate antibiotic resistance…..

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Entry filed under: Antimicrobianos, Bacterias, Bacteriemias, Metodos diagnosticos, REPORTS, Resistencia bacteriana, Sepsis, Update.

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