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Blog: To curb inappropriate antibiotic prescribing, researchers try a little social psych
Modern Healthcare

If you want physicians to cut back on antibiotic overprescribing, don’t just give them guidelines, add a little social manipulation. At least, that’s what researchers comparing the effectiveness of various interventions for inappropriate outpatient prescribing found in a JAMA study published Tuesday. Most antibiotics in the U.S. are prescribed in outpatient settings for acute respiratory tract infections, but about half of those infections cannot be treated by antibiotics.