Oregon Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE) is dedicated to reducing the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Oregon.Health care professionals have an important role in this initiative.
Research shows that adverse health outcomes are rare when providers are conservative in their prescribing of antibiotics.
Research also shows that patient satisfaction increases in direct proportion to the health care provider’s commitment to educating patients about self-care and symptom management for conditions where antibiotics are unnecessary. Evidence shows that patient satisfaction does not increase by fulfilling a patient’s or parent’s expectation of receiving an antibiotics prescription when requested.
The following are resources for health care professionals to support the judicious use of antibiotics.