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Learning Outcomes for Week 4

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By the end of Week 4 you will have an increased:

  1. understanding that many patients do not want an antibiotic, even though some might expect to be prescribed one.

  2. understanding of the importance of eliciting patient’s concerns, expectations, and whether they want an antibiotic.

  3. understanding that most patients consulting with infections want a good assessment, reassurance, and information about their illness, including how long it is likely to last.

  4. intention to share assessments, and the benefits and risks of antibiotics with patients.

  5. belief in the value of sharing information with patients.

  6. intention to share written information about usual illness duration, self-care, safety-netting and the value, or not, of antibiotics in acute respiratory tract infections.

  7. intention to reflect on communication strategies for infection.

  8. intention to use the TARGET antibiotic leaflets.

  9. knowledge of the medicalisation effect of antibiotics when used for acute uncomplicated infections.

  10. understanding that back-up/delayed antibiotic prescriptions have similar patient outcomes to immediate antibiotic use for acute uncomplicated respiratory infections.

  11. understanding of the effectiveness of back-up/delayed prescriptions for improving antibiotic use for infections.

  12. understanding of how back-up/delayed prescriptions can reduce re-consultations in the following month.

  13. intention to use back-up/delayed prescriptions in a clinical setting.

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TARGET Antibiotics – Prescribing in Primary Care

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