Study on the use of antibiotics wins prize Society of Medical Sciences / MSD -
A study on the use of antibiotics which concluded that an educational intervention aimed at doctors and pharmacists reduces the prescription of these drugs won the 6th edition of the Society Award of Medical Sciences of Lisbon / MSD in Clinical Epidemiology.
The research was authored by a team of researchers from several Portuguese universities and Santiago de Compostela and studied the impact of an educational intervention aimed at general medical doctors and family and community pharmacists with the objective of reducing the consumption of antibiotics in the population.
The study "Decreasing antibiotic through use joint intervention targeting physicians and pharmacists: a cluster-randomized controlled trial" aimed to identify the attitudes and knowledge of health professionals, doctors and pharmacists regarding the prescribing and dispensing of antibiotics and microbial resistance.
Educational interventions were made to improve the use of antibiotics in a region defined by the Center Regional Health Administration.
The researchers Maria Teresa Herdeiro, Fatima Roque, António Teixeira Rodrigues, Luiza Breitenfeld, Maria Piñero-Lamas and Adolfo Figueiras concluded that there was a decrease in total antibiotic consumption of 3.71%, which is more marked decrease for tetracyclines (15, 63%), macrolides (9.37%) and cephalosporins (7.24%).
For the authors, "there is a need for greater interaction between hospital care and primary health care, with more information about the resistance maps', he cited the" Lusa ".
The reason identified by the team so that even many clinicians prescribe antibiotics is related to "compliance with the patient."
The project was awarded the Prize Society of Medical Sciences of Lisbon / MSD in Clinical Epidemiology, a distinction of the Society of Medical Sciences of Lisbon and has the support of MSD laboratory.
Source: website "Netfarma" and author on 27 October 2016