Outpatient Antibiotic Prescribing Among United States Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.

Outpatient Antibiotic Prescribing Among United States Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.

Open Forum Infect Dis. 2016 Sep;3(3):ofw168

Authors: Sanchez GV, Hersh AL, Shapiro DJ, Cawley JF, Hicks LA

Abstract
We examined US nurse practitioner (NP) and physician assistant (PA) outpatient antibiotic prescribing. Antibiotics were more frequently prescribed during visits involving NP/PA visits compared with physician-only visits, including overall visits (17% vs 12%, P < .0001) and acute respiratory infection visits (61% vs 54%, P < .001). Antibiotic stewardship interventions should target NPs and PAs.

PMID: 27704022 [PubMed - in process]