The assessment of prescription appropriateness was performed by comparing the antibiotic selected by the military prescriber with the treatment recommendations for that indication from two sets of published guidelines. The two guidelines used were the Anti-infective Guidelines for Community-acquired Infections published by the Ontario Anti-infective Review Panel in 1997 and the treatment recommendations from the latest edition of Sanford’s Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy (Sanford’s Guide). Military prescribers had access to these guidelines, although they were not specifically trained to use them.
The indications considered for this evaluation were commonly encountered community-based infections in the adult. To facilitate data collection, these were predefined on the data collection form (Appendix 1). Other conditions were considered for inclusion in the DUE as long as they were infectious in nature, could be treated in the ambulatory care setting and were listed in one of the guidelines. Buy Asthma Inhalers Online