According to a new study published by the Institute for Clinical Evaluation Sciences, 1 in 2 seniors were prescribed antibiotics for non-bacterial infections in Ontario during 2012. According to Dr. Marcus Povitz, unnecessary antibiotic use leads to increased health care costs and antibiotic-resistant infections. Patients were more likely to receive unnecessary antibiotics from doctors who had been practicing for over a decade. According to the researchers, the next step is figuring out what factors lead doctors to prescribe antibiotics unnecessarily.
- A recent study indicates roughly half the seniors who visited their doctor of a non-bacterial infection were given an antibiotic prescription.
- The majority of those prescriptions were broad spectrum antibiotics. The liberal use of such antibiotics puts the general population at risk.
- Doctors who were not trained in Canada or the U.S., had more patients and had their practice for more than a decade, were more likely to prescribe antibiotics.
“The researchers suggest that next steps would include targeted interventions to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing which would require an understanding of the physician factors associated with this practice.”