Reduced Antibiotic Prescribing Lowers Patient gratification


London: Doctors who effort to help stop the spread of super-resistant bacteria by order fewer antibiotics are likely to check a drop in satisfaction ratings with patients, according to a new study.

The find out show that a 25 per cent lower rate of antibiotic prescribing by a general practitioner corresponded to a 5-6 point lowers on General Practice (GP) gratification rankings.

The researchers at the King’s College London explore records from 7,800 general practices.

After taking into account demographic and practice factors, antibiotic order was a enough predicate of patient experience.

For or a practice that prescribed 25 per cent fewer antibiotics than the national average, there was a corresponding lowers in the national GP satisfaction rankings from the 50th centile to the 44th to 45th centile.

“Many patients come in asking for antibiotics when they have viral infections such as colds, coughs, sore throats, or the flu, but antibiotics cannot treat viruses.

“GPs often feel pressured by patients to prescribe antibiotics and find out difficult to trash a patient who asks for them,” said Ashworth.

These find suggest that practices that offer to help prevent the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria by prescribing fewer antibiotics are likely to experience a drop in their gratification ratings. GPs who are frugal in their antibiotic prescribing may need support to maintain patient gratification.

The unfair use and prescribing of antibiotics is contributing to the growth of resistant bacteria.