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Letters Blaming patients for antibiotic use

Antibiotic use: don’t blame doctors for trying to manage patient expectations

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 01 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1895
  1. Eugene Y H Yeung, physician
  1. Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster LA1 4RP, UK
  1. eugeney{at}

Glover and colleagues claim that there is little evidence to show that patients are unreasonably pressuring general practitioners for antibiotics.1 By the same token, there is little evidence that patient expectation is not a factor in doctors’ decision making. Similarly, there is little evidence that doctors are always “blaming” patients for antibiotic resistance.

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