Feedback to GPs reduces antibiotic prescribing, study finds

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 19 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1038
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Sending a letter to GPs in England who have above average antibiotic prescribing rates to give feedback on their prescribing habits reduced their antibiotic prescribing by an average of just over 3% in six months, a nationwide randomised trial shows.1

Researchers used publicly available databases to identify 1581 general practices with antibiotic prescribing rates in the top 20% for their local area. They then randomly allocated GPs in these practices to receive a letter from England’s chief medical officer about their …

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