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Antibiotics continue to be commonly prescribed for respiratory tract infections (RTIs), even though evidence suggests that for many people they provide little clinical benefit.1,2 To tackle over-use of antibiotics, a strategy of using delayed prescriptions is recommended in clinical guidelines.3,4 An updated Cochrane review has assessed the effects of a delayed antibiotic prescription on clinical outcomes, antibiotic use, antibiotic resistance and patient satisfaction in RTIs.1
The Cochrane review …