Journal Article

Prudent Use of Antibiotics: Are Our Expectations Justified?

Ian Phillips

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 33, issue Supplement_3, pages S130-S132
Published in print September 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/321838
Prudent Use of Antibiotics: Are Our Expectations Justified?

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Prudent use of antibiotics has 3 components, rational use, adherence to local guidelines and policies, and avoidance or reversal of upward demographic trends in antibiotic resistance. Although rational use is mandatory, it must be recognized that adherence to policies will reduce clinical freedom, for good or ill. Expectations that prudent use will deliver reversals in resistance trends should be accepted with caution. Sound, pertinent data are lacking, and our ability to detect change, if it does occur, and to attribute its cause correctly, is questionable.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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