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Guidelines to tackle antibiotic resistance published by health experts

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A recent poll of GPs showed that 9 out of 10 said they felt pressured to prescribe antibiotics. The survey also revealed that 97 per cent of patients who ask for antibiotics are prescribed them.

As a result, health experts today have published fresh guidance which could help tackle the issue of antibiotic misuse.

NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) provided the guidance to encourage doctors, nurses and pharmacists to promote awareness of proper antibiotic use.

This is the first set of NICE guidelines to deal wholly with the issue of antibiotic misuse and resistance.

What is antibiotic resistance?

Misuse of antibiotics can lead to bugs becoming resistant to antibiotics, meaning that they may not work as well to fight future infections.

What are the experts saying?

Professor Mark Baker, Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE explains that we need to allow health professionals to question the antibiotic prescribing practices of doctors.

He adds: “Many people think that it is their body which becomes resistant, rather than the bacteria that cause antimicrobial-resistant infections. This often makes it feel that the issue of resistance is someone else’s problem.”

NICE are now in the process of developing a public health guideline to change people’s knowledge, behaviours and attitudes surrounding antibiotics.

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