Management of urinary tract infections in primary care: A repeated 1-week diagnosis-prescribing study in five counties in Sweden in 2000 and 2002
2004 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases, ISSN 0036-5548, Vol. 36, no 2, 134-138 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A diagnosis-antibiotic prescribing study was performed in 5 counties in Sweden during 1week in November in the y 2000 and 2002, respectively. As part of the study, the characteristics and clinical management of patients who received diagnoses of urinary tract infections (UTIs) (n=1564) in primary care, were analysed. 85% of the visits were by women, and 74% of all consultations were diagnosed as lower UTIs. One or more diagnostic tests were performed in 98% of the women with suspected lower or recurrent UTIs and 95% were prescribed an antibiotic. The most commonly prescribed antibiotics for lower UTIs were trimethoprim followed by pivmecillinam and a quinolone. The study indicated a change in antibiotic prescribing with improved adherence to the national recommendations. There was an increase of prescribed nitrofurantoin and a decrease of prescribed quinolones to women with lower UTIs between the studied y. Furthermore, 3-d treatment with trimethoprim increased although the prescribed duration was mostly 7 d. In contrast to the guidelines, few urine cultures were performed. The study highlights the necessity of updating the guidelines for the management of lower UTIs in general practice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 36, no 2, 134-138 p.
Urinary Tract Infections, Primary Care
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13638DOI: 10.1080/00365540410019075OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13638DiVA: diva2:21092