Optimal antimicrobial duration for common bacterial infections

Heather L. Wilson, Kathryn Daveson, Christopher B. Del Mar

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Most antibiotic use in Australia arises from prescriptions in the community. The risk of antibiotic-related adverse events, including resistance, increases with longer treatment courses. When antibiotics are indicated for treatment, short courses are as effective as standard ones for most common infections. Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic is a key reference for antimicrobial prescribing in Australia. General practitioners play a key role in reducing antibiotic use.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)5-9
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Prescriber
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019


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