Respiratory tract infections and prescription drugs in mother and child – a study from Norwegian general practice

Respiratory tract infections represent the most frequent cause why general practitioners prescribe antibiotics. Pregnant women and young children are two challenging groups of patients to treat. Today’s guidelines are limited when it comes to antibiotics during pregnancy and dosage adjustments. Children of mothers with frequent use of antibiotics in pregnancy and an increased doctor-seeking behaviour are prescribed antibiotics more often than other children. Studies also suggest increased wheezing in children exposed to prenatal antibiotics. We do not know whether an excess of respiratory tract infections and use of antibiotics during pregnancy increases these children’s frequency of antibiotic prescriptions and respiratory tract infections in their first two years of life. Is there a link between prenatal exposure to antibiotics and the occurence of certain respiratory diagnoses like cough, asthma, and lower respiratory tract infections.

Using data from a Norwegian prescription peer academic detailing (Rx-PAD) study, KTV, which includes more than 400 000 consultations per year from 2005 till 2009, linked with data from the Medical Birth Registry of Norway, MFR and the Norwegian Prescription Database, NorPD, we hope to contribute to an increased knowledge about incidence and treatment of RTIs in children and during pregnancy

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Godkjent av: Jørund Straand

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Avdeling for allmennmedisin



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  • Start: januar 2010
  • Slutt: desember 2018
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