This is the sixth annual report for the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG). The report contains information on key national primary care antibacterial prescribing indicators. The purpose of this report is to support the work of Antimicrobial Management Teams (AMTs) in NHS boards and SAPG by enabling identification of areas for detailed local analysis and discussion with prescribers to support improvement in the quality of antimicrobial prescribing. This report is published by Information Services Division (ISD) and Health Protection Scotland (HPS) of NHS National Services Scotland (NSS).
The SAPG national prescribing indicators are accessible as standard reports within Prescribing Information System for Scotland (PRISMS). PRISMS is the web based application maintained by ISD giving access to prescribing information on all prescriptions dispensed in the community in Scotland in the last five years. This report also includes some patient level analysis using Community Health Index (CHI) numbers which are held within Prescribing Information System (PIS) and includes for the first time information on the frequency of prescribing to individuals.