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Prescribing under Pressure: Parent-Physician Conversations and Antibiotics

Tanya Stivers


Antibiotics will soon no longer be able to cure common illnesses such as strep throat, sinusitis, and middle ear infections as they have done previously. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are increasing at a much faster rate than new antibiotics to treat them are being developed. The prescription of antibiotics for viral illnesses is a key cause of increasing bacterial resistance. Despite this fact, many children continue to receive antibiotics unnecessarily for the treatment of viral upper respiratory tract infections. Why do American physicians continue to prescribe inappropriately given the hig ... More

Keywords: bacterial resistance, viral illnesses, common illnesses, strep throat, sinusitis, ear infections, prescription of antibiotics, parent pressure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195311150
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311150.001.0001


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Tanya Stivers, author
Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics
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