Late in 2015 the Royal Dutch Dental Association (KNMT) conducted a study of the therapeutic prescription of antibiotics and NSAIDs by dentists in general practice in the Netherlands and the factors influencing their decisions. Of the 1,087 dentists contacted 367 (34%) completed the online questionnaire. In the 4 weeks preceding the study they had prescribed an antibiotic to 1.3% of their patients on average. A fifth (20%) found it difficult to decide whether an anti-inflammatory drug is indicated and/or whether this should be an antibiotic or a NSAID. Questioned about medication decisions (whether or not antibiotics are indicated) in 11 fictional cases, 11% of respondents judged every case correctly. 39% undertreated, 24% overtreated and 26% both undertreated and overtreated. In the last two categories, dentists with non-Dutch degrees are overrepresented. More than half (55%) of the respondents say they need a guideline for prescribing antibiotics in dental treatment and 28% (also) need postgraduate education on this matter.
B.A.F.M. van Dam
W.J.M. van der Sanden
|Publicatiedatum||4 oktober 2019|
|Editie||Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd - Jaargang 126 - editie 10 - oktober 2019; 491-499|