Reader Poll: Do You Stray From Appropriate Antibiotic Rx?

June 27, 2014

A significant minority of clinicians have antibiotic prescribing habits that worsen the public-health crisis of antibiotic resistance, according to a new WebMD/Medscape survey.

One in 10 clinicians who prescribe antibiotics without absolute clinical certainty said the drug "won't hurt if not needed." And when clinicians believe an antibiotic is not indicated, 1 in 10 write the script anyway if the patient demands the drug, the survey found.

Patients might not pressure their healthcare provider like this if both parties have discussed when antibiotics aren't needed, or talked about the threat of antibiotic resistance, but only 53% of patients report having such an exam-room talk, according to the survey.

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