Materials to Use with your Patients
Treatment Guidelines

Other Resources

Archives of Webinars

Materials to Use with your Patients


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.


Complementing the Prescription Pad, this document provides information on how to talk to patients about requests for antibiotics for viral infections.  Instead of a ‘script for your patients, it provides suggestions to help you promote appropriate antibiotic use.

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. To commemorate World Health Day, April 7, 2011, has launched 4 new factsheets that begin to address some of these individual sectors:

Please send your feedback on the above factsheets to Stay tuned – we have many more factsheets planned.

Factsheets from other organizations:

  • The Government of Canada also has a number of factsheets on key antimicrobial resistance issues, including Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, Salmonella, and NDM-1, tuberculosis.
  • The Canadian Paediatric Society provides information on antibiotic use in children.

Treatment Guidelines

  • Following evidence-based guidelines is an important step toward limiting the development of antibiotic resistance.  The Bugs and Drugs book, provides comprehensive recommendations for antibiotic use in communities and hospitals.  Bugs and Drugs is current to 2006, with a new version expected in 2012.
  • The Canadian Paediatric Society provides position statements and notes on how to manage infectious diseases in your patients.
  • Access links to Clinical Practice Guidelines from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
  • Links to evidence-based guidelines from the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association of Canada.
  • PAACT (Partners for Appropriate Anti-infective Community Therapy) running since the early 1990’s consists of the orange book “Anti-infective Guidelines for Community -acquired Infections” and the complementary PAACT CME program.   The guidelines have been in existence since the early 1990’s and a 2012 update has just been released (6th edition).  Further information on the guidelines and the PAACT program is available at

Other Resources for You and Your Clients

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Program – In partnership with the Ontario Hospital Association, PHO is developing an antimicrobial stewardship program within the province of Ontario
  • Do Bugs Need Drugs? – Community education program with material for children, parents, schools, and health care professionals
  • Caring for Kids – The Canadian Paediatric Society’s website for parents.  This website provides information on how to care for children when they are ill
  • Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work – Antibiotic awareness program by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.).  Targeting health care providers and the general public, this website provides information, podcasts, and promotional material on respiratory illnesses and antimicrobial resistance.

Archives – 2010 Webinars

Watch the recordings.

Session 1

  • Community resistance trends and professional education
  • Integrated human and animal surveillance in Canada
  • The pharmacist’s role in reducing resistance

Session 2 in French only

  • Antibiotic use and resistance in Canadian hospitals
  • Integrated human and animal surveillance in Canada
  • Challenges in the family physician’s office

Session 3

  • Antimicrobial stewardship in hospitals
  • Antibiotic use in animals and the impact on human health

For abstracts and presenter information, visit the full webinar schedule.