Modification of general practitioner prescribing of antibiotics by use of a therapeutics adviser (academic detailer)

Kenneth Ilett, S. Johnson, G. Greenhill, L. Mullen, J. Brockis, C.L. Golledge, D.B. Reid

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Aims This was a pilot study of the use of a clinical pharmacist as a therapeutics adviser (academic detailer) to modify antibiotic prescribing by general practitioners.Methods Following a visit by the adviser (March-May), 112 general practitioners were recruited and randomised to control or active groups. A panel of experts prepared a best practice chart of recommended drugs for upper and lower respiratory tract infections, otitis media and urinary tract infections. The adviser made a 10-15 min visit to each prescriber in the active group (June-July), Save them the chart and discussed its recommendations briefly. Doctors in the control group were not visited nor given the chart. Prescription numbers for all prescribers were obtained from the Commonwealth Health Insurance Commission for the pre(March-May) and postdetailing (August-September) periods using a three month lag time for data collection. Data for total numbers of prescriptions and for selected individual antibiotics used in these two periods were analysed using nonparametric statistics.Results Prescribing patterns were similar for the control and active groups in the predetailing period. For both groups, there were significant (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-173
JournalBritish Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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