Nudge tactics spark drop in antibiotic scripts

From The Medical Republic, 5 July 2018: The most effective way to get GPs to reduce antibiotic prescriptions is to show them how much more they prescribe compared with their peers, according to a government-led behavioural economics intervention. Inspired by similar initiatives from the UK government’s Behavioural Insights Team – colloquially known as the “Nudge Continue reading Nudge tactics spark drop in antibiotic scripts

All you need to know about the ‘antibiotic apocalypse’

From BBC Future, 11 October 2016: Antibiotic resistance was around long before we started using antibiotics with a frequency and enthusiasm that borders on addiction. The same genes that modern bacteria are currently loading up on to protect themselves against antibiotics have been found in ancient bacteria frozen in Arctic permafrost for over 30,000 years. Continue reading All you need to know about the ‘antibiotic apocalypse’

Antibiotics – when is enough enough?

From ABC Health and Wellbeing, 17 March 2015: How many times have you been told that if you’re prescribed antibiotics, you must always finish the full course, even if you’re feeling better? The popular notion has always been that if you don’t complete the full course, you’re encouraging the development of antibiotic resistance. But in Continue reading Antibiotics – when is enough enough?