Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care

We promote and support antimicrobial stewardship to improve and optimize antimicrobial therapy and clinical outcomes for patients in primary care. In Canada, it has been estimated over 90% of antibiotics dispensed are used in the community. Antimicrobial stewardship promotes the judicious use of antimicrobials to limit the development of antimicrobial resistant organisms.

PHO recognizes the growing interest and activity in antimicrobial stewardship in primary care. We offer our new resources to encourage antimicrobial stewardship in that setting. For more information see frequently asked questions or contact

Let's talk antibiotics

In a number of common respiratory tract infections, antibiotics have minimal to no benefit and can cause considerable harm. This series of evidence-based tools encourage patients to talk to their health care providers about the benefits and harms of antibiotic therapy for bronchitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, and otitis media. They are intended to supplement clinician-patient counseling and to facilitate a shared decision making conversation, a communication strategy that has been shown to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use in primary care. 


PHO Rounds: Microbiology - The Future is Here: Whole-genome Sequencing and Drug Resistance Reporting for Clinical Cases of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

This session will provide an overview of the utility of a TB WGS program for clinical testing in a public health laboratory and will also discuss the experience and learnings since implementation.

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Updated 9 May 2019