We’d rather the antimicrobial apocalypse than be denied useless antibiotics

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This research came out this week…

Antibiotic prescribing and patient satisfaction in
primary care in England:
cross-sectional analysis of national patient survey data and prescribing data

…showing that antibiotic prescribing volume is a significant positive predictor of ‘doctor satisfaction’ and ‘practice satisfaction’…

and

…antibiotic prescribing volume is the single strongest positive predictor (of 13 prescribing variables) of overall satisfaction.

Table 3 has some other interesting data on prescribing practise and patient satisfaction.

This is an observational study, and can’t prove a relationship, but it is a good clue. More research required, as (almost) ever…

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