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Behavior modification might curb antibiotic overprescribing
Southern California Public Radio

Old-fashioned behavior modification may be a useful tool in the effort to get medical providers to stop prescribing unnecessary antibiotics, according to a study published Tuesday.

The USC-led team of researchers found that certain behavioral “nudges” appeared to lead to modest but significant reductions in the number of prescriptions providers ordered for acute respiratory infections that should not be treated with antibiotics.

Overprescription of antibiotics has contributed to the appearance of treatment-resistant infections. According to the study, published Tuesday in JAMA, there are more than 22 million inappropriate prescriptions in the U.S. every year for acute respiratory infections, such as the common cold.