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Oregon Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE) is dedicated to reducing the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Oregon. Health care professionals have an important role in this initiative.

Research shows that adverse health outcomes are rare when providers are conservative in their prescribing of antibiotics.

Research also shows that patient satisfaction increases in direct proportion to the health care provider’s commitment to educating patients about self-care and symptom management for conditions where antibiotics are unnecessary. Evidence shows that patient satisfaction does not increase by fulfilling a patient’s or parent’s expectation of receiving an antibiotics prescription when requested.

The following are resources for health care professionals to support the judicious use of antibiotics.

Antibiotic Use Guidelines and Report

  • Oregon Outpatient Prescribing Report, 2016 (pdf)
    This newly released report written by AWARE medical director, Dr. Ann Thomas, is intended to offer an easy to read and visualize overview of antibiotic prescribing practices in Oregon and areas for improvement.

AWARE Resources

  • New Having Difficult Conversations (CE Opportunity)
    This CE opportunity introduces motivational interviewing techniques, local statistics, and case studies to provide participants with tools to successfully work through conflict related to over use of antibiotics.

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Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

  • Having Difficult Conversations
    This CE opportunity introduces motivational interviewing techniques, local statistics, and case studies to provide participants with tools to successfully work through conflict related to over use of antibiotics.
  • Free online training (CME) - Otitis Media
    ePROM: Enhancing Proficiency in Otitis Media is a series of six online courses to improve knowledge in understanding middle ear disease and skill in visually diagnosing middle ear effusions. The courses were developed at the Hospital of Pittsburgh/University of Pittsburgh with support from the CDC.

Technical Assistance

Contact Oregon.aware@state.or.us to ask about scheduling the following seminar opportunities:

  • We are available to present a lecture for providers, health professional or public health students, or community stakeholders on antibiotic stewardship and the management of upper respiratory tract infections.
  • We have developed a Having Difficult Conversations: Motivational Interviewing seminar intended for providers or health profession students. This seminar combines motivational interviewing techniques, local statistics, case studies and group and individual practice to provide participants with tools to successfully work through conflict related to over use of antibiotics or vaccine hesitancy.

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