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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 Interpersonal Antibiotic Stewardship
    This CE activity, designed for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, reviews: 
    • The problem of over-use of antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria
    • The need for antibiotic stewardship programs
    • How to apply an adapted version of motivational skills, processes and techniques to antibiotic stewardship interactions

  • Appropriate Use of Antibiotics for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
    This activity outlines:
    • Areas to improve antibiotic prescribing in Oregon
    • Pathogens associated with upper respiratory tract infections and trends in resistance  
    • How to use antibiotics appropriately

  • Having Difficult Conversations
    This Activity 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

Technical Assistance

Contact 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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