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Are antibiotics over-prescribed on children's wards?

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Concerns about increasing antibiotic resistance will be well-known to all, and policy-makers are busy devising ways to persuade us to use less. But in order to determine the success of any such intervention, a baseline measure of antibiotic usage needs to be established. This has already been done in adults, and in children in some European countries, but until now not in the UK. The NHS in England has launched an initiative to …

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