Research Projects (Third party funds)
Effectiveness of training on antibiotic prescription routine for General Practitioners (GP) (ongoing project)
Guideline-based management of antibiotic prescriptions for upper/lower respiratory tract and urinary tract infections among GP
GP are regularly confronted with the task of deciding on the most appropriate treatment for specific health conditions. This is particularly true for common infections like upper/ lower respiratory tract and urinary tract infections, where the questions arises if an antibiotic should be prescribed and if so, which one would be most appropriate. According to an analysis of some health insurance routine data, almost 30% of all antibiotic prescriptions are not necessary. Additionally, bacteria develop resistances so that formerly useful drugs are no longer available for the treatment of infections. Treatment with antibiotics is one of the main factors responsible for the development of resistances.
Given that 85% of the antibiotics are prescribed in the outpatient sector, the project “Guideline-based management of antibiotic prescriptions for upper/lower respiratory tract and urinary tract infections among GP” has been developed. In cooperation with the Hygienenetzwerk Südostniedersachsen, a guideline-based training module on infections of the upper and lower respiratory tract and the urinary tract is offered to GP. The training is held by clinically experienced experts (not online), with interactive elements, taking daily working routine into account. All courses are based on presence, and do not consist of any online elements. The module is evaluated by the Department for Epidemiology at the HZI. The aim of this scientific evaluation is to determine both the acceptability and the effectiveness of the module. For this purpose, participating GP will be surveyed and routine antibiotic prescription data provided by the AOK Niedersachsen will be analysed.
This project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG).
Daniela Gornyk (PhD Programme Epidemiology)