Use of electronic medical records to describe general practitioner antibiotic prescribing patterns
Lesley Hawes, Lyle Turner, Kirsty Buising, Danielle Mazza
AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2018
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The computerised medical records of general practice patients can inform our understanding of antibiotic prescribing and assist in antimicrobial stewardship (AMS). The aim of this study was to describe Australian general practitioner (GP) antibiotic prescribing patterns using data extracted from electronic medical records (EMR). METHOD: A descriptive analysis of patient records from 44 general practices, between 2010 and 2014, in the eastern region of metropolitan Melbourne was undertaken. RESULTS: Of the 615,362 antibiotic prescriptions, cefalexin, amoxicillin–clavulanic acid, roxithromycin, doxycycline and clarithromycin were the most frequently prescribed antibi..View full abstract
Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship)
This work was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship - Grant No. 1079625) LH received an RTP stipend.