Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Put those antibiotics down!

Heard on the radio news this morning that doctors are being told not to prescribe antibiotics for coughs and colds - nothing new there, I thought. This turns out to be a new NICE guideline on respiratory tract infections. The BBC reports NICE as saying that this is the first practical guideline to help practitioners to decide when to prescribe, and indeed, the quick reference guide to the guideline does give a care pathway to help doctors assess the person sitting in front of them.

The NICE guidance - full guidance and quick reference guide, and things for patients, is here and I shall be expecting it to make an appearance in our EBP sessions with medical students early next year (assuming we don't change the subject).

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