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NHMRC /Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation and Development Career Development Fellowship grant no: 1033038; Centre for Research Excellence in Minimising Antibiotic Resistance from Acute Respiratory Infections NHMRC grant 1044904

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Hansen, M., Howlett, J., Del Mar, C., & Hoffman, T. (2015). Parents’ beliefs and knowledge about the management of acute otitis media: a qualitative study. BMC Family Practice, 16(82), 1-7.

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Acute otitis media is a common reason for antibiotic prescribing, despite strong evidence that antibiotics provide minimal benefit. Studies have demonstrated that patients’ (or parents’) expectations of antibiotics often influence general practitioners’ (GPs) decision to prescribe antibiotics, but few have explored parents’ expectations of the management of infections in children, or which factors influence the development of these expectations. This study aimed to explore parents’ knowledge and beliefs about the management of acute otitis media in children.

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