IDWeek: Nearly half of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions written without infection diagnosis

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Nearly half of prescriptions for antibiotics were written without an infection-related diagnosis, and one in five prescriptions were provided without an in-person visit, according to research presented at IDWeek (3–7 October, CA, USA).

The study analyzed 509,534 prescriptions given to 279,169 patients from 514 outpatient clinics from November 2015 to October 2017. The 2,413 prescribers included had a range of job roles from physicians and physician assistants to nurse practitioners.

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