Unnecessary antibiotic prescribing in US ambulatory care settings, 2010-2015

  04 June 2020

The proportion of antibiotic prescriptions prescribed in US physician offices and emergency departments that were unnecessary decreased slightly, from 30% in 2010-2011 to 28% in 2014-15. However, a greater decrease occurred in children: 32% in 2010-11 to 19% in 2014-15. Unnecessary prescribing in adults did not change during this period.

Author(s): Adam L Hersh, Laura M King, Daniel J Shapiro, Lauri A Hicks, Katherine E Fleming-Dutra
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