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National Antibiotic Prescribing Dashboard Released in UK

Information from 400 GP practices and 20 million consultations has been analysed and made available in the form of a new digital dashboard.

Developed by Greater Manchester Connected Health City (GM CHC) researchers at The University of Manchester with Public Health England, the National Antibiotic Prescribing Dashboard allows a range of health stakeholders, including policy makers, to better understand the factors that influence the UK’s antibiotic prescribing profile.

The National Antibiotic Prescribing Dashboard data shows that factors such as GP Practice location, time spent with patients and staff shortages impact on the number of antibiotics prescribed.

Data shows that antibiotics are more likely to be prescribed in busy, northern GP practices. The dashboard also reveals that patients considered to be at ‘low risk’ of hospitalisation from infection-related complications are prescribed just as many antibiotics as patients who are at ‘high risk’ of being hospitalised within the next 30 days.

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