PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION

School of Health and Human Sciences

Pattern of antibiotic use for acute respiratory infections among out-patients in South Asian Region: Protocol for a systematic review

Saif Al-Amin, BDS, MPH, Zakiul Hassan, MD, Sharon Morrison, MSPH, MHSE, Ph.D., et al. (01/2021)

South Asian region has been experiencing the increasing burden of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) primarily due to over and irrational prescribing of antibiotics. Acute respiratory infections (ARIs) are the leading cause of out-patients’ visits in the region. Despite commonly known viral aetiology, ARI is the single largest reason for antibiotic prescriptions contributing the exponential growth of AMR in the region. Collated data on antibiotic consumption for ARI at outpatients and resistance pattern of respiratory pathogen are lacking in the region.