ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS // Week // Antibiotic Use & Resistance

Antibiotics & Healthcare Providers

Antibiotic Awareness WeekThe following materials offer practical ways to inform and interact with your patients, prescribing guidelines, and resources for you and your clients.

Materials to Use with Patients

Prescription pad

Prescription Pad

This sheet can be used with patients (adults and children) who have a suspected viral infection.

It provides information about symptomatic relief for infections and indicates when patients should consider a return visit. (Click the picture to enlarge.)

Request free printed copies of the prescription pad

Talking with Patients about When to Use Antibiotics

Complementing the prescription pad, this document provides information on how to talk to patients about requests for antibiotics for viral infections. It provides suggestions to help you promote appropriate antibiotic use with your patients. This document is a resource in development. Please let us know what you think about its usefulness and effectiveness.


We recognize that antimicrobial resistance is not an issue that can be solved by only hospitals or governments. It is an issue that must be addressed collaboratively, by all the human, animal, and environmental health disciplines affected:

There are also a number of factsheets from the Public Health Agency of Canada on key antimicrobial resistance issues, including Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, Salmonella, and NDM-1, tuberculosis.

The Canadian Paediatric Society also provides information on antibiotic use in children.

Treatment Guidelines

Following evidence-based guidelines is an important step toward limiting the development of antibiotic resistance:

Other Resources for You and/or Your Clients