Clinical case studies to promote recommendations
As part of Choosing Wisely Australia’s clinical educational activities, members are being encouraged to develop case studies that demonstrate the application of specific recommendations for use in their usual teaching modules.
05 May 2020
The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) approached one of its members, Dr Brendan McMullan, a paediatric infectious diseases specialist and microbiologist at Sydney Children’s
Hospital Randwick and a senior lecturer in the School of Women’s and Children’s Health at University of New South Wales, to lead the development of a case to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics for children presenting at emergency departments with upper respiratory tract infections.
Using his research expertise in antimicrobialstewardship and resistance, perinatal infections and infections in immuno-compromised children and young people, Dr McMullan designed a case study outlining the typical treatment options a resident or registrar might consider. It also provided the rationale for including and excluding each option based on clinical evidence, showcasing ASID’s recommendation Avoid prescribing antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infections and incorporated patient education as an important component of management. ASID acknowledges contributions from its Board and its paediatric special interest group.
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