With increased warnings that Australia needs to take action to address the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, a first-of-its-kind study reported* in Family Practice, has found targeting a whole general practice is essential for consistency of messages and practice around antibiotic prescribing.
The ChAP study (Changing the Antibiotic Prescribing of general practice registrars through better adherence to antibiotic guidelines) targeted GP registrars and their supervisors in an antibiotic prescribing intervention.
“The intervention was well-received by both registrars and supervisors, with registrars in particular reporting more confidence in not prescribing antibiotics,” Prof Parker Magin GP Synergy’s Director, NSW & ACT Research and Evaluation Unit and co-author of the paper said.
“Registrars were also aware of the influence on patients’ perceptions when they are prescribed antibiotics by other doctors, whether specialists or other GPs in the practice.
“Registrars participated in education via online modules, workshops for registrars and supervisors, and discussed provided clinical cases during their scheduled teaching sessions,” he said.
GP Synergy’s Director of Education and Training ACT & NSW, Dr Vanessa Moran, said that an evidence-based-approach to GP training is essential to meet the health needs of the Australian community.
“By GP Synergy establishing its Research and Evaluation Unit it is in a unique position to make changes to the registrar education program based on research outcomes such as those in the ChAP study.
“There are further studies in progress looking at GP Synergy’s registrar and supervisor education program that will allow us to continually update our education program,” Dr Moran said.
*Advance online publication