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dc.contributor.authorDuane, Sinead
dc.contributor.authorBeatty, Paula
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Andrew W.
dc.contributor.authorVellinga, Akke
dc.identifier.citationDuane, Sinead, Beatty, Paula, Murphy, Andrew, & Vellinga, Akke. (2016). Exploring Experiences of Delayed Prescribing and Symptomatic Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections among General Practitioners and Patients in Ambulatory Care: A Qualitative Study. Antibiotics, 5(3), 27. doi:10.3390/antibiotics5030027en_IE
dc.description.abstract"Delayed or back up" antibiotic prescriptions and "symptomatic" treatment may help to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) in the future. However, more research needs to be conducted in this area before these strategies can be readily promoted in practice. This study explores General Practitioner (GP) and patient attitudes and experiences regarding the use of delayed or back-up antibiotic and symptomatic treatment for UTI. Qualitative face to face interviews with General Practitioners (n = 7) from one urban and one rural practice and telephone interviews with UTI patients (n = 14) from a rural practice were undertaken. Interviews were analysed using framework analysis. GPs believe that antibiotics are necessary when treating UTI. There was little consensus amongst GPs regarding the role of delayed prescribing or symptomatic treatment for UTI. Delayed prescribing may be considered for patients with low grade symptoms and a negative dipstick test. Patients had limited experience of delayed prescribing for UTI. Half indicated they would be satisfied with a delayed prescription the other half would question it. A fear of missing a serious illness was a significant barrier to symptomatic treatment for both GP and patient. The findings of this research provide insight into antibiotic prescribing practices in general practice. It also highlights the need for further empirical research into the effectiveness of alternative treatment strategies such as symptomatic treatment of UTI before such strategies can be readily adopted in practice.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipWe would like to thank the GPs and patients who participated in this research and the Health Research Board in Ireland for funding it through their Summer scholarship programme 2014.en_IE
dc.publisherMDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)en_IE
dc.subjectUrinary tract infectionen_IE
dc.subjectSymptomatic treatmenten_IE
dc.subjectDelayed prescribingen_IE
dc.subjectAntibiotic treatmenten_IE
dc.subjectGeneral practiceen_IE
dc.subjectBack-up prescribingen_IE
dc.subjectRandomized controlled trialen_IE
dc.titleExploring experiences of delayed prescribing and symptomatic treatment for urinary tract infections among general practitioners and patients in ambulatory care: a qualitative studyen_IE
dc.local.contactAkke Vellinga, General Practice/Bacteriology, Nui Galway. 5192 Email:

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