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Under patient pressure, antibiotics are more likely to be prescribed

A recent study by Sirota et al. confirmed that non-clinical factors, such as patient or parent pressure, can contribute to overprescribing and inappropriate antibiotic use. Family physicians in the UK were presented with patient scenarios, either high-expectation or low-expectation of antibiotics, then received a questionnaire regarding the likelihood they would prescribe antibiotics. Physicians given the high-expectation scenario expressed a higher willingness to prescribe antibiotics than the low-expectation scenario. Authors conclude that interventions reducing antibiotic overprescribing should target also psychological factors.

Sirota, M., Round, T., Samaranayaka, S., & Kostopoulou, O. (2017, February 16). Expectations for Antibiotics Increase Their Prescribing: Causal Evidence About Localized Impact. Health Psychology. Advance online publication http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/hea0000456 (non-open-access-publication)


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