Use of antimicrobial agents for community-acquired lower respiratory tract infections in hospitalised children

S. Esposito, F. Blasi, L. Allegra, N. Principi, The Mowgli Study Group

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Data collected from 613 children aged 2-14 years who had been hospitalized for acute bronchitis, wheezing, or pneumonia were analysed to evaluate the prescribing practices of pediatricians treating community-acquired lower respiratory tract infection. Antibiotics were prescribed for 92.1% of the children: 85% had acute bronchitis, 72% had wheezing, and 97.9% had pneumonia. A high frequency of antibiotic overuse and inappropriate prescriptions was noted. In order to contain costs and limit the risk of resistant bacteria emerging, it is urgent that pediatricians and parents be educated in the proper use of antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)647-650
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology

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