Health Alliance for Prudent Prescribing, Yield and Use of Antimicrobial Drugs in the Treatment of Respiratory Tract Infections (HAPPY AUDIT)

Lars Bjerrum, Anders Munck, Bente Gahrn-Hansen, Malene Plejdrup Hansen, Dorte Jarboel, Carl Llor, Josep Maria Cots, Silvia Hernández, Beatriz González López-Valcárcel, Antoñia Pérez, Lidia Caballero, Walter von der Heyde, Ruta Radzeviviene, Arnoldas Jurgutis, Anatoliy Reutskiy, Elena Egorova, Eva Lena Strandberg, Ingvar Ovhed, Sigvard Molstad, Robert vander Stichele & 4 others Ria Benko, Vera Vlahovic-Palcevski, Christos Lionis, Marit Rønning

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BACKGROUND: Excessive and inappropriate use of antibiotics is considered to be the most important reason for development of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. As antibiotic resistance may spread across borders, high prevalence countries may serve as a source of bacterial resistance for countries with a low prevalence. Therefore, bacterial resistance is an important issue with a potential serious impact on all countries. The majority of respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are treated in general practice. Most infections are caused by virus and antibiotics are therefore unlikely to have any clinical benefit. Several intervention initiatives have been taken to reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics in primary health care, but the effectiveness of these interventions is only modest. Only few studies have been designed to determine the effectiveness of multifaceted strategies in countries with different practice setting. The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of a multifaceted intervention targeting general practitioners (GPs) and patients in six countries with different prevalence of antibiotic resistance: Two Nordic countries (Denmark and Sweden), two Baltic Countries (Lithuania and Kaliningrad-Russia) and two Hispano-American countries (Spain and Argentina).

METHODS/DESIGN: HAPPY AUDIT was initiated in 2008 and the project is still ongoing. The project includes 15 partners from 9 countries. GPs participating in HAPPY AUDIT will be audited by the Audit Project Odense (APO) method. The APO method will be used at a multinational level involving GPs from six countries with different cultural background and different organisation of primary health care. Research on the effect of the intervention will be performed by analysing audit registrations carried out before and after the intervention. The intervention includes training courses on management of RTIs, dissemination of clinical guidelines with recommendations for diagnosis and treatment, posters for the waiting room, brochures to patients and implementation of point of care tests (Strep A and CRP) to be used in the GPs'surgeries. To ensure public awareness of the risk of resistant bacteria, media campaigns targeting both professionals and the public will be developed and the results will be published and widely disseminated at a Working Conference hosted by the World Association of Family Doctors (WONCA-Europe) at the end of the project period.

DISCUSSION: HAPPY AUDIT is an EU-financed project with the aim of contributing to the battle against antibiotic resistance through quality improvement of GPs' diagnosis and treatment of RTIs through development of intervention programmes targeting GPs, parents of young children and healthy adults. It is hypothesized that the use of multifaceted strategies combining active intervention by GPs will be effective in reducing prescribing of unnecessary antibiotics for RTIs and improving the use of appropriate antibiotics in suspected bacterial infections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29
Number of pages7
JournalBMC Family Practice
Volume11
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Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Bjerrum, Lars ; Munck, Anders ; Gahrn-Hansen, Bente ; Hansen, Malene Plejdrup ; Jarboel, Dorte ; Llor, Carl ; Cots, Josep Maria ; Hernández, Silvia ; López-Valcárcel, Beatriz González ; Pérez, Antoñia ; Caballero, Lidia ; von der Heyde, Walter ; Radzeviviene, Ruta ; Jurgutis, Arnoldas ; Reutskiy, Anatoliy ; Egorova, Elena ; Strandberg, Eva Lena ; Ovhed, Ingvar ; Molstad, Sigvard ; vander Stichele, Robert ; Benko, Ria ; Vlahovic-Palcevski, Vera ; Lionis, Christos ; Rønning, Marit. / Health Alliance for Prudent Prescribing, Yield and Use of Antimicrobial Drugs in the Treatment of Respiratory Tract Infections (HAPPY AUDIT). In: BMC Family Practice. 2010 ; Vol. 11. pp. 29.
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AU - Hansen, Malene Plejdrup

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AU - Llor, Carl

AU - Cots, Josep Maria

AU - Hernández, Silvia

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AU - Reutskiy, Anatoliy

AU - Egorova, Elena

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AU - Ovhed, Ingvar

AU - Molstad, Sigvard

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