Once again GPs take the flak for the rationing of another service , this time its dental care …
Link to full article below at DOCTORSNET and the BJGP
GPs warned on dental antibiotics 1201/04/2016
GPs have been urged to resist prescribing antibiotics for patients who turn up in their surgeries with toothache.
The call comes after a 10-year retrospective study published in the British Journal of General Practice found that more than half of all patients who visited their GP with a dental problem in were prescribed antibiotics, often unnecessarily, rather than being offered a long-term treatment for their pain.
The study, by Cardiff University and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, examined dental consultations in UK general practice and it found that between 2004 and 2013, the average rate of dental consultations was 6.06 per 1,000 patient-years.
During the same period, a typical GP surgery with 7,000 registered patients would have seen between 30 and 48 patients with dental problems per year.