Relevance of the Consensus Principles for Appropriate Antibiotic Prescribing in 2022

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Canton R., AKOVA M., Langfeld K., Torumkuney D.

JOURNAL OF ANTIMICROBIAL CHEMOTHERAPY, vol.77, pp.2-9, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 77
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/jac/dkac211
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, CINAHL, EMBASE, Environment Index, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.2-9
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Background: In the late 1990s, as a response to rising antimicrobial resistance (AMR), an independent multinational, interdisciplinary group was formed specifically targeting primary care antibiotic prescribing for community-acquired respiratory tract infections (CA-RTIs). The group comprised senior clinicians from Canada, Israel, Spain, Sweden, UK and USA. The group's objectives were to provide recommendations for antibiotic stewardship in the community because, whilst it was widely accepted that inappropriate antibiotic use was contributing to AMR, it remained difficult to change prescribing behaviour. The group aimed to identify principles underlying appropriate antibiotic prescribing and guideline formulation to reduce morbidity from CA-RTIs, limit therapeutic failure and, importantly, curb AMR emergence. The group published a report in 2002, which has become known as the Consensus Principles.