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Changing Antiobiotic prescribing behaviour in primary care and the community - Why it matters

23 October 2015

Here in Wessex we are looking at how CRP tests can give GPs and clinicians an early indication about the cause of chest infections.

 C-reactive protein (CRP) blood tests can give an indication as to whether an infection is likely to be bacterial, and we are beginning to roll the tests out in the region.

Often GPs and doctors can't be certain if an infection is bacterial or viral, and without that clarity they might choose to prescribe antibiotics.

If there was a better way to determine the effectiveness of antibiotics then GPs would be less likely to prescribe them in cases where they make little difference to the outcome of an infection. That's where greater use of the CRP blood test can help. More effective use of antibiotics will in turn reduce the speed of resistance and therefore extend the usefulness of the antibiotics we already have.

That is why Professor Mike Moore, a GP himself and a research lead for NIHR CLAHRC Wessex, has signed up to be an Antibiotic Guardian.

Prof Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, said: "Rapid diagnostics have a pivotal role to pay in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria.

"We need co-ordinated international action to help spur innovation and improve antibiotic use before it is too late."

Professor Mike Moore explains his work

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