Antibiotic use and population ecology: How you can reduce your "resistance footprint"

Patrick, David M.; Hutchinson, James
February 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;2/17/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 4, p416
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the population use of antibiotics and how antibiotic resistance can be reduced. It provides an overview of the risks associated to the use of antimicrobials that results from selective pressure. It highlights the effect of drug prescription to population and antibiotic resistance, and concludes that increased population use of antibiotics is associated to increased drug resistance. It points out that physicians can aid in the reduction of antibiotic prescription and proliferation of resistant organisms. It delineates the failures on the comprehension of population-level effects of antibiotic prescription. Tables that depict the relation between population use of antibiotic and drug resistance, as well as the impact of population level interventions are presented.


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