Professor Sun Qiang's Team Published Paper on Plos Medicine

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Recently, as the independent corresponding author, Professor Sun Qiang from School of Health Care and Management published his academic paper:Long-term outcomes of an educational intervention to reduce antibiotic prescribing for childhood upper respiratory tract infections in rural China: Follow-up of a cluster-randomised controlled trialonline on Plos Medicine.
In recent years, in many developing countries including China, patients with upper respiratory tract infections, especially children, often suffer from inappropriate antibiotics-taking. Many disease such as common cold, sore throat and earache, are virus infections that can be cured without antibiotics. The abuse of antibiotics has increased global antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which not only increases the difficulty of treating infections and diseases, but also over-utilizes insufficient medical resources.
Based on the above background, under the auspices of the Medical Research Council (MRC), a research team consisting of Professor Sun Qiang from Shandong University, Professor Wei Xiaolin from the University of Toronto, Dr. Lin Mei from the Guangxi Center for Disease Control, Professor Joseph Hicks and Professor John Walley from the University of Leeds, UK,conducted an unblinded cluster-randomised controlled trial (cRCT) in 25 primary care facilities across two rural counties in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. They developed an intervention comprising clinical guidelines, monthly prescribing review meetings, doctor–patient communication skills training, and education materials for caregivers, whichsignificantly reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing. It is of great significance for reducing the development of drug resistance in China, a world's top user of antibiotics.
Plos Medicine, started its publication in 2002, is an international high-level academic journal published by the American Public Library. The impact factor of recent three years is 12.374.

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