Avoiding Unnecessary Antibiotics: The Quick Take - Frankly Speaking EP 118Guest: Alan Ehrlich MD, FAAFP
Music Credit: Richard Onorato
Antibiotics are frequently prescribed for upper respiratory infections, even when they are likely due to viral etiologies, or will resolve just as quickly without antibiotics. Many clinicians believe convincing patients they do not need to take an antibiotic is time consuming and frustrating for both parties. In fact, patients are often receptive to information on appropriate use, and the conversation can be done efficiently with practice.
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- Understand when not to prescribe an antibiotic
- Effectively communicate with patients on appropriate use of antibiotics
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