Helena Kornfält Isberg

Helena Kornfält Isberg

Affiliated with the university, specialist allmänmedicin

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Urinary tract infection in primary care 


Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common reason for prescribing of antibiotics in Swedish primary care. The main reason for prescribing antibiotics in UTI is to shorten duration of symptoms, complications are rare. Antibiotic resistance is a global health problem and is maintained by an increasing consumption of antibiotics. To optimize empiric antibiotic prescriptions in UTI, Swedish national guidelines have been published.


Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria in urine samples from patients attending primary care with suspect UTI will be studied as well as symptoms and the relation between recovery and bacterial resistance.

To identify trends in prescription of antibiotics to patients with UTI and to analyze the results in relation to current national guideline Sweden’s largest database regarding diagnose linked antibiotic prescribing data in primary care will be analyzed with focus on visits related to UTI.

To monitor adherence to existing treatment recommendations in male UTI a register-based study in different counties in Sweden will be performed. The purpose is also to evaluate the prevalence of complications and if they can be linked to prescribed antibiotic.

Patients attitudes to antibiotic treatment in UTI will be explored in an interview based study.

Relevance: The results will hopefully contribute to an increased knowledge about symptoms and cure, in relation to bacterial findings and resistance pattern among primary care patients with UTI. To optimize antibiotic prescription we need to evaluate adherence to guidelines and we also need to ensure that we treat our patients in the best way.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

UKÄ subject classification

  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Family Medicine


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