sinusitis, antibiotic prescribing, decision-making
In his issue introduction, the editor-in-chief of Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews comments on an included article that describes the successful use of an electronic medical record best practice alert to reduce the rate of antibiotic prescription for acute sinusitis. Various methods previously tried to improve antibiotic stewardship in this illness are briefly reviewed. Borrowing on the model of acute bronchitis, it is suggested that a change in conveyed diagnostic vocabulary to “sinus cold” when describing acute sinusitis may help limit antibiotics for this predominantly viral infection.
Baumgardner DJ. Limiting antibiotic use in acute sinusitis: partly a matter of vocabulary? J Patient Cent Res Rev. 2018;5:193-5. doi: 10.17294/2330-0698.1646
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