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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Kay Foland

Second Advisor

Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler


A vast amount of evidence exists indicating that acute respiratory tract infections (ARTI’s) should not be routinely treated with antibiotics, yet many patients request antibiotics for these conditions and many providers feel pressured to prescribe antibiotics for these infections. A lack of patient knowledge regarding their personal symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options often leads to unnecessary antibiotic use and decreased patient satisfaction. This practice innovation project proposes a cost efficient, evidence based educational intervention designed to improve patient satisfaction and knowledge regarding treatment of ARTIs. Educational interventions using similar materials have shown to improve patient knowledge, satisfaction with prescribed therapy, and decrease inappropriate antibiotic use.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Respiratory infections -- Treatment.
Respiratory organs -- Diseases -- Treatment.
Patient education.
Patient satisfaction.



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