Antibiotic prescribing for upper respiratory-tract infections in primary care

Commun Dis Intell Q Rep. 2003:27 Suppl:S39-41.


The use and overuse of antibiotics in humans is a major contributor to the selection of antibiotic resistance organisms. Recent evidence has shown that primary care prescribing selects for resistances of clinical importance. The National Prescribing Service runs both educational and audit activities. The latter provide some insight into general practice attitudes toward antibiotic prescribing.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Australia
  • Drug Prescriptions / statistics & numerical data*
  • Drug Resistance, Bacterial
  • Drug Utilization / statistics & numerical data*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Humans
  • Physicians, Family / statistics & numerical data
  • Primary Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / drug therapy*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents