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Association between antibiotic prescribing and visit duration among patients with respiratory tract infections

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 June 2021

Daniel J. Shapiro*
Affiliation:
Division of Emergency Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Laura M. King
Affiliation:
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
Sharon V. Tsay
Affiliation:
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
Lauri A. Hicks
Affiliation:
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
Adam L. Hersh
Affiliation:
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
*
Author for correspondence: Daniel Shapiro, E-mail: daniel.shapiro@childrens.harvard.edu

Abstract

Time constraints have been suggested as a potential driver of antibiotic overuse for acute respiratory tract infections. In this cross-sectional analysis of national data from visits to offices and emergency departments, we identified no statistically significant association between antibiotic prescribing and the duration of visits for acute respiratory tract infections.

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© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

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