Antibiotic prescribing is rampant at urgent care and retail clinics. Does this surprise anyone?!

Antibiotic prescribing is rampant at urgent care and retail clinics.  Does this surprise anyone?

JAMA Internal Medicine recently published a study including 2.7 million urgent care visits, 48,000 retail clinic visits, 4.8 million emergency department visits and 148.5 million medical office visits. Read this…. there are a sufficient number of patient visits to extrapolate antibiotic prescription habits in different locales.

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In the study, antibiotic prescriptions are linked to 39% of urgent care and 36.4 of retail clinics.  This contrasts with 13.8% of emergency department visits and 7.1% of medical offices.

For suspected viral respiratory illnesses which antibiotic use is inappropriate, antibiotic prescriptions were given at 45.7% of urgent care visits whereas emergency departments gave antibiotics 24.5% of the time.  Medical offices gave antibiotics 17% of the time and 14.4% of retail clinic visits.

The risk is that antibiotic over-prescription may cause antibiotic resistance.  This is important when a patient truly has a bacterial infection.  You would like antibiotics to work when INDEED you need it.

Your best care is given by a physician who knows you, who you trust.  Secure a primary care physician and cultivate a relationship.  Your healthcare would be more individualized, with better follow up.

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About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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