Journal article

Antibiotic prescribing for sore throat: a cross-sectional analysis of the ReCEnT study exploring the habits of early-career doctors in family practice

Anthea Dallas, Mieke van Driel, Simon Morgan, Amanda Tapley, Kim Henderson, Jean Ball, Chris Oldmeadow, Andrew Davey, Kate Mulquiney, Joshua Davis, Neil Spike, Lawrie McArthur, Parker Magin

Family Practice | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Acute sore throat is a common condition presenting to family practitioners. It is usually self-limiting, with antibiotic treatment recommended only for high-risk presentations. Overprescribing of antibiotics contributes to individual and community resistance. Learning to prescribe in the context of diagnostic uncertainty and patient pressures is a challenge for early-career doctors. Prescribing habits develop early and tend not to change with time. OBJECTIVE: To establish the prevalence and associations of antibiotic prescribing for acute sore throat by Australian vocational trainees in family practice. METHOD: A cross-sectional analysis of data from the Registrar Clinical Encoun..

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