Doctors take ‘easy’ option when tired

Doctors experiencing decision fatigue towards the end of a clinical session are at increased risk of prescribing antibiotics unnecessarily, a study suggests.

The US research shows antibiotic prescribing rates for acute respiratory infections increase as GPs appear to “wear down” during their morning and afternoon clinic sessions.

Decision fatigue, a phrase coined by psychologists, also affects non-medical professionals like judges, who

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