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Family Doctors’ antibiotic prescription pattern in the primary healthcare services of Almada-Seixal (Portugal): A study protocol
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Antibiotics are one of the most important and valuable drugs of our time, being essential to a vast number of health procedures and interventions. However, increasing levels of resistance to antibiotics are being reported from all around the globe, and currently pose as one of the greatest challenges of global public health. Many factors contribute to the rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), with misprescription of antibiotics being one of the major contributors. The majority of antibiotic prescriptions occur in the community (90%). Reliable antibiotic consumption data is a prerequisite to understand AMR epidemiology.

The aim of the forthcoming study is to increase the knowledge about the pattern of antibiotic prescription of family doctors working in the National Healthcare System (NHS) of two counties in Portugal, providing supportive information for decision-makers, managers and prescribers on the stewardship of antibiotic consumption.

This research protocol is for a quantitative descriptive cross-sectional study to be conducted in the ACES Almada-Seixal, characterizing and describing the pattern of antibiotic prescription of all family doctors working in the Family Healthcare Units of Almada and Seixal during the year 2015. Data will be collected from SIARS (Information System of the District Health Administration) and a statistical analysis will be performed. This study is expected to be developed in 5 months. Confidentiality of the data will be assured during all steps of the research with ethical and executive approval to be sought before conducting the research.

The results of this study will contribute and increase knowledge about the antibiotic prescription patterns in the Family Healthcare Units of Almada and Seixal and to further research related to antibiotic consumption and antimicrobial resistance.

This research protocol was elaborated as a master’s thesis to be applied as a research study for the Research Internship of the Public Health Residency in Portugal.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 26 p.
Series
Centre for Public Health Report Series, ISSN 1651-341x ; 2016:23
Keyword [en]
Antibiotic prescription, Family Doctors´, primary healthcare services, Almada-Seixal, Portugal
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-131557OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-131557DiVA: diva2:1074922
External cooperation
ACES Almada-Seixal (Portugal) - Ana Cristina Freire; National Health Institute Dr Ricardo Jorge (Portugal) Ana Cristina Garcia
Educational program
Master's Programme in Public Health (one-year)
Presentation
2016-05-24, Umeå Universitet, Umeå, 14:49 (English)
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Available from: 2017-02-16 Created: 2017-02-16 Last updated: 2017-02-16Bibliographically approved

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