The results of this evaluation indicate that compliance of military prescribers with treatment guidelines for infectious conditions commonly encountered in the community is quite acceptable with a compliance rate of 86%. However, because our definition of compliance also included partial compliance, which involves using a dose or duration of treatment different from the guideline recommendations, full compliance would be expected to be somewhat lower. We did not make that determination, however, because based on the reasons identified for partial compliance, it was difficult to conclude that these prescriptions would necessarily result in treatment failure. ventolin inhaler
However, we recognize that outcome may potentially be affected by partial compliance. Other aspects of the treatment, such as cost or the emergence of resistance may also be affected by partial compliance. To confirm this, another DUE would need to be conducted spefically measuring these aspects. It should also be noted that certain authors have used a stricter definition than ours for inappropriate antibacterial treatment, ie, selection of an agent that is inactive against the most likely causative agent or that deviates from accepted practice or published guidelines (our definition), use of a broad spectrum agent when an equally effective narrow spectrum agent is available, or inappropriately long or short duration of treatment.