This is the second annual report from the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) information workstream presenting data from national prescribing indicators on use of systemic antibacterials in primary care in Scotland. It focuses on the prescribing indicators related to the initial priority areas for SAPG; minimising unnecessary prescribing and restricting the use antibacterials associated with a higher risk of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).
The purpose of this report is to support the work of SAPG and NHS Board Antimicrobial Management Teams (AMTs) by enabling identification of areas for detailed local analysis and discussion with prescribers to support improvement in prescribing practice.
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 Information Services Division (ISD) of NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) giving access to prescribing information on all prescriptions dispensed in the community in Scotland in the last five years.