What Are Doctors Saying About Antibiotic Resistance?

5 questions to consider next time your physician gives you a prescription

What Are Doctors Saying About Antibiotic Resistance?

The Pew Charitable Trusts, the American Medical Association, and stewardship experts conducted a national survey of primary care physicians to better understand their attitudes toward antibiotic resistance, antibiotic prescribing, and ways to improve the use of antibiotics. Can you guess how doctors responded? Answer the questions below to find out.

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National Survey Reveals Barriers to Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Efforts

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National Survey Reveals Barriers to Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Efforts

Antibiotic stewardship efforts—which aim to ensure that these drugs are used only when needed and that the most appropriate antibiotic is used at the right dose and duration of treatment—are crucial to improving outpatient prescribing practices, reducing the harm of antibiotic-associated adverse drug events, and minimizing the spread of antibiotic resistance.

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Survey of Doctors Reveals Challenges, Strategies for Reducing Inappropriate Antibiotic Use

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Survey of Doctors Reveals Challenges, Strategies for Reducing Inappropriate Antibiotic Use

Antibiotic stewardship is proven to slow the emergence of resistance and improve patient outcomes. Given that inappropriate antibiotic prescribing continues to be prevalent in the U.S., and with early indications of high levels of antibiotic use among COVID-19 patients, stewardship efforts have never been more important.