Improving Outpatient Antibiotic Use: The Role of Primary Care Physicians

Improving Outpatient Antibiotic Use: The Role of Primary Care Physicians


The most common condition people come in with that results in an antibiotic prescription is sinusitis. That results in about 17 million visits in
the United States per year in which an antibiotic is prescribed. One conversation I have with my colleagues
a lot is there’s a misperception on the part of doctors that patients want antibiotics. What I would say to a colleague who wonders about the value of the targets is that within the target themselves are millions of individual visits where we’re doing the wrong thing by our patients. We’re giving them medicines that they don’t
need.

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