Effectiveness of interventions in reducing antibiotic use for upper respiratory infections in ambulatory care practices

Christopher Vinnard, Darren R. Linkin, A. Russell Localio, Charles E. Leonard, Valerie L. Teal, Neil O. Fishman, Sean Hennessy

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Abstract

The objective was to evaluate the effect of separate interventions on antimicrobial prescribing for uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infections. The authors conducted a quasi-experimental pre-post study with concurrent control groups for each intervention. Academic detailing led to a significant reduction in unnecessary antibiotic prescribing. However, there was no significant change in antibiotic prescribing in response to educational mailings to providers or to provider involvement in patient mailings. Organizations that seek to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics should use proven approaches, even when they are more expensive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-27
Number of pages6
JournalPopulation Health Management
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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