Report: Fewer Antibiotic Rx, Tests Could Improve Care
Prescribing fewer antibiotics and ordering fewer tests could improve care quality and reduce health care costs, according to a report by the National Physicians Alliance. The report discourages doctors from ordering ECGs or CT scans in symptom-free, low-risk individuals. It also discourages physicians from prescribing antibiotics for a sore throat unless the patient tests positive for strep throat.
- "Doctors Prescribe Fewer Tests for Better Care" (Reuters, 5/23).