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Public health messages about antibiotic treatment for respiratory tract infection may increase perceived symptom severity reporting

Lawrence, Claire; Eamonn, Ferguson

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Authors

Claire Lawrence

EAMONN FERGUSON eamonn.ferguson@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Health Psychology



Abstract

Public health campaigns to reduce expectations for antibiotic treatment for respiratory tract infections (RTIs) have shown little or no effect on antibiotic prescribing and consumption. We examined whether such messages can increase RTI symptom reporting. Participants (N = 318) received one of four campaign messages, a combination of all four messages or no message. RTI symptoms increased for those who received information emphasizing the ineffectiveness of antibiotic treatment for RTIs. As symptom severity is associated with greater contact with primary healthcare and receiving antibiotic prescriptions, campaigns to encourage antimicrobial stewardship should consider the side effects of antibiotic ineffectiveness messages.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 12, 2016
Online Publication Date Dec 20, 2016
Publication Date Apr 1, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 13, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jul 31, 2018
Journal Journal of Health Psychology
Print ISSN 1359-1053
Electronic ISSN 1461-7277
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 5
Pages 623-627
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105316683242
Keywords antimicrobial resistance, health messages, antibiotics
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/828881
Publisher URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1359105316683242

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