What is the best way to improve health worker prescribing of antibiotics? Evidence Update, Health Systems Series, July 2007.
Each Evidence Update is a 2-page summary of a Cochrane Review of healthcare interventions relevant to people in low-income and middle-income countries.
This Evidence Update is adapted from Arnold SR, Straus SE. Interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing practices in ambulatory care. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD003539. DOI: 10.1002/14651858. CD003539.pub2.
There is insufficient research to recommend a single approach but multifaceted interventions, and those targeting patients, show promise.
Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, pp.2