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Acceptability of antibiotic stewardship measures in primary care

Abstract : ObjectiveWe aimed to assess the acceptability of antibiotic stewardship measures by family physicians.Material and methodsWe conducted an online cross-sectional survey in 2015 with a sample of family physicians practicing in a specific French region.ResultsOverall, 283 of 1171 family physicians (24%) completed the questionnaire. Decision-support tools for antibiotic prescribing and educational measures were well accepted by family physicians: 71% strongly agreed with a free distribution of urine dipstick tests and 54% with incentives to participate in antibiotic training sessions. Almost all family physicians did not agree with restrictive measures: 68% were for instance opposed to having to justify the prescription's compliance with guidelines on the prescription itself. Physicians also did not agree with restrictive measures when they only applied to physicians prescribing many antibiotics.ConclusionParticipants were probably the most motivated and aware of the topic physicians, but they were particularly hostile to the introduction of restrictive measures related to antibiotic prescribing. Our survey was conducted with a large sample of family physicians and could help orientate our country's antibiotic stewardship policy. However, family physicians are likely to oppose any measure aiming at restricting their freedom of prescription.
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M. Giry, C. Pulcini, C. Rabaud, J. Boivin, V. Mauffrey, et al.. Acceptability of antibiotic stewardship measures in primary care. Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses, Elsevier Masson, 2016, 46 (6), pp.276-284. ⟨10.1016/j.medmal.2016.02.001⟩. ⟨hal-01491864⟩



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