Managing acute bronchitis in primary care - Bruce Arroll

Date Published: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Professor Bruce Arroll talks about managing acute bronchitis in primary care. Bruce is a General Practitioner in South Auckland, Director of the Goodfellow Unit and Professor of General Practice at the University of Auckland.


  • symptoms
  • common held belief that coloured sputum equates to a bacterial infection
  • should we be routinely ordering Sputum cultures for acute bronchitis?
  • dealing with the common patient expectation to receive antibiotics for acute bronchitis.
  • patients at higher risk of potential complications
  • helping your patient understand why antibiotics are not required.
  • what symptomatic relief can we offer patients?
  • lifestyle and health messages.


Take home messages

  • The vast majority of antibiotics prescribed in primary care provide no benefit.
  • Starting point for respiratory conditions is not to give antibiotics.
  • If you have someone who is absolutely convinced they want antibiotics, try a delayed prescription.
  • Start to lower patient expectations so they understand how long it will really take to get better.


Practitioner Resources

Resources updated August 2017


Patient Resources


Bruce Arroll
Professor of General Practice

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