General practitioners prescribe fewer antibiotics
In recent years, Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Germany have prescribed consistently fewer antibiotics. This is the result of the German Health Care Atlas study commissioned by the Central Research Institute for Ambulatory Health Care in Germany (Zi).
Among other things, this study analysed the frequency of antibiotic prescriptions issued by statutory health insurers. The period covered the years 2010 to 2018 and also took into account trends in age groups and medication groups.
Overall, the prescribing fell by 21%. In the 0-14 age group there was even a decrease of 41%. For newborns and infants it was even 49%, the clearest decrease among all age groups. Thus the experts note a change in paediatric care.
Since 2012, the German Health Care Atlas has published figures on the outpatient use of systemic antibiotics in Germany. These serve as the basis for an appropriate use of antibiotics in the country.
Holstiege J, Schulz M, Akmatov MK, Steffen A, Bätzing J. (2019): Outpatient use of systemic antibiotics in Germany from 2010 to 2018—A population-based study. Central Research Institute for Ambulatory Health Care in Germany (Zi). Versorgungsatlas-Report No. 19/07. Berlin.