Two Socially Motivated Interventions Reduce Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing

February 19, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​Two interventions with social components reduced inappropriate antibiotic prescribing, finds a study published February 9, 2016, in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The interventions either compared clinicians' antibiotic prescribing rates to their peers' rates or required them to write a "justification" for the antibiotic in the patient's electronic health record (EHR). The study examined almost 15,000 visits for antibiotic-inappropriate acute respiratory tract infections during the baseline period and nearly 17,000 during the intervention period. Participants were assigned to either a control group, to one of three interventions, or to a combination of interventions.

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