HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Understanding Why Antibiotics May Be Over-prescribed For Patients With Sore Throats

(Understanding the culture of prescribing: qualitative study of general practitioners' and patients' perceptions of antibiotics for sore throats)

General practitioners are increasingly prescribing antibiotics for patients with sore throats in spite of growing clinical evidence that these drugs alleviate symptoms only slightly, if at all. The choice of treatment is affected by both the patient's expectations and what the doctor perceives the patient expects. Over-prescription of antibiotics is a major concern as it has been correlated with the increasing prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

In this week's BMJ, Dr Christopher Butler and colleagues from the University of Wales College of Medicine report the findings of a survey which illustrates some of the cultural reasons why doctors prescribe antibiotics or non-antibiotics, based on interviews with GPs and patients in South Wales.

Dr Butler et al report that the prescribing decision is very much influenced by the doctor-patient relationship, but that patient satisfaction was not necessarily related to receiving a prescription for antibiotics. Both doctors and patients emphasised the importance of educating patients about the appropriate use of antibiotics, and two thirds of patients gained satisfaction from receiving information and reassurance from their GPs. Doctors were divided about the possible benefits of a national campaign to educate the public, but saw the value of educating patients individually.

Contact:

Dr Stephen Rollnick, Senior Lecturer in General Practice, Department of General Practice, University of Wales College of Medicine, Llanedeyrn Health Centre, Maelfa, Cardiff


'"/>

Contact: Jill Shepherd
jshepherd@bma.org.uk
+44 171 383 6529
BMJ-British Medical Journal
4-Sep-1998


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Understanding how vulnerabilities may keep women in abusive relationships
2. From town planning to intimate sex: Understanding the risks in our lives
3. Understanding how prostaglandin prevents gut injury during radiation therapy
4. Understanding epilepsy
5. The long view: Understanding why cancer strikes late
6. Understanding the autoimmune response in type 1 diabetes
7. Understanding nerve degeneration in spastic paraplegia
8. Understanding how lymph nodes respond to infection may redefine how immune system functions
9. Understanding Alzheimers disease: Animal research points to new direction for therapy
10. Understanding genetic cancer risk might not help smokers kick the habit
11. Understanding cancer patients needs, concerns, is key to improving clinical trial participation

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/30/2021)... , ... March 29, 2021 , ... ... the 21st Century , A Virtual Workshop Presented by WCG FDAnews and Cerulean ... 4:30 pm EDT, https://wcg.swoogo.com/modern-sop-and-quality-systems , Are one’s SOPs written for the ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... According to data released ... reproductive age (13-44) in need of publicly funded contraception live in counties impacted by ... Colorado’s 64 counties have lost some of their Title X resources. , The ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... Health Literacy Innovations (HLI), a ... confusion due to low health literacy today announces a new partnership with the ... work with ACAP’s member Safety Net Health Plans, those that provide comprehensive health ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... ... Dr. Colin Campbell is proud to announce the 1 year anniversary in their new state ... internal medicine and is a primary care specialist who has been practicing for 23 years. ... keep South Jersey healthy one patient at a time. , “Over the past year, Dr. ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 30, 2021 , ... The COVID-19 ... and survivors; their families; and their caregivers. Crossroads4Hope is addressing the needs of ... emotional support system, MyGo2Support, which meets needs of people impacted by cancer, no ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... The University of Texas Health Science Center ... San Antonio Multispecialty and Research Hospital, a destination center for research and treatment of ... In a nod to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was held virtually. , William ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... Iora Health ... primary care, has partnered with Devoted Health , one of the fastest-growing ... across Maricopa County and provides seniors with the highest-quality care and experience possible, ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... CITY (PRWEB) , ... March 29, 2021 , ... ... has joined the Vaccine Credential Initiative (VCI), a group bringing together leading health ... record of vaccination status, based on open, interoperable standards. By joining the VCI ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: