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Patient Interaction: Discussing Antibiotics

In the video, Dr Nick Francis shows an example consultation discussing why antibiotics may not be useful and explains self-help measures.

Nick shows an example patient consultation discussing why antibiotics may not be useful for the patient and explains self-help measures that will assist recovery.

The TARGET “Treating Your Infection” leaflet is used during the consultation. This leaflet is available as a downloadable attachment below.

This leaflet allows you to explain to the patient:

  • How long common infections should last

  • Self help measures

  • The disadvantages of taking antibiotics

  • When and how to collect a back up/delayed prescription

You can set up a computer prompt on your clinicial computer system to allow you and your colleagues to be reminded to use the leaflet. All the TARGET leaflets are already loaded onto the EMIS and SystmOne they just need activating.

To read more about the development of the Target leaflet and how useful it can be in practice please read this paper published in 2016.

*The leaflet shown is now updated and rebranded in line with the Keep Antibiotics Working campaign (in Patient interaction and Discussing Antibiotics)
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