What does the public understand about antibiotic resistance?
Published: 18 November, 2020
GPs are trusted to decide whether an antibiotic should be prescribed, and they have been expected to provide information to patients about the need (or not) for antibiotics, and about self-care and the issue of antimicrobial resistance. However a survey indicates that people are still not receiving enough information about antibiotics when they attend primary care.
PHE have carried out two surveys to find out what the public understand by antibiotic resistance. The latest (1) shows that:
- misunderstandings about antibiotics persist in the minds of a substantial minority of the general public
- fewer patients accessing primary care with respiratory or flu symptoms expected to be prescribed antibiotics
- most people trust GPs’ advice
- adults under 24 or over 65 years old and black, Asian and minority ethnic adults are less knowledgeable about antibiotics.
The TARGET Antibiotics Toolkit includes a collection of leaflets to share with patients and resources for waiting areas.
- See the Prescribing page for learning resources around antibiotic resistance.
Last updated: 20 November, 2020