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Patients with coughs don’t need antibiotics—pass it on

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 16 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f254

When US researchers tested a complex intervention to discourage inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for uncomplicated bronchitis, they were rewarded with a significant drop in primary care prescriptions over one winter season. Printed leaflets, posters, and algorithms seemed to work, as …

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