Promoting Appropriate Antibiotic Use

Teaching Doctors, Teaching Patients

  • Elizabeth Steiner Oregon Health & Science University
  • Laura C. Saddler Oregon Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education
  • Lyle J. Fagnan Oregon Health & Science University


Antibiotic resistance is a major public health threat that requires an organized, comprehensive approach to overcome. Many studies have shown that integrating education programs for clinicians, medical office staff, patients, and targeted audiences such as day care providers make the biggest difference in community-wide antibiotic use. We describe such an integrated approach between our state’s public health programs and our developing curriculum for primary care residents based at the academic health center. Patients receive education directly from both the state programs and their clinicians during office visits for upper respiratory infections. Physicians learn principles of appropriate antibiotic use, how best to educate patients about this important health topic, and how to address patients’ concerns about their illnesses.

How to Cite
Steiner, E., Saddler, L. C., & Fagnan, L. J. (2004). Promoting Appropriate Antibiotic Use: Teaching Doctors, Teaching Patients. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 2(SI), 22-30.