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Health care savings: Having doctors display commitment to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescription
Imperial Valley News

Inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions are a major public health concern, costing millions of dollars in unnecessary health care costs annually and contributing to the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Still, despite widely accepted prescription guidelines, physicians continue to prescribe antibiotics for colds even when they won’t help.

A study in JAMA Internal Medicine published today offers an inexpensive and seemingly simple “nudge” that reduced inappropriate antibiotic prescribing by nearly 20 percent.

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