A study conducted by the Carolinas HealthCare System investigated almost 449,000 visits to urgent care, family medicine, internal medicine and pediatric practices. They focused on “outpatient visits for common upper respiratory conditions that should not require antibiotics.”
- There were over 400 prescriptions per 1000 visits. Remember NONE of these cases should have required a prescription.
- In treating adults, white patients were more likely than any other race to receive antibiotics.
- In treating children, older providers (aged 51-60) were 4x more likely to prescribe antibiotics to children than younger providers (< 30 years).
- Physician’s assistants and nurse practitioner’s were 15% more likely to prescribe antibiotics over a physician.