Pushy patients ignorant on antibiotics

GPs come under significant pressure from patients to prescribe antibiotics for probable viral infections, an Australian survey finds.

Three-quarters of patients with ear, nose, throat or chest infections expect to be given an antibiotic when they visit their GP, the NPS survey of more than 1000 people found.

More than half of those surveyed (53%) would actively ask their GP for antibiotics to treat such infections.

NPS chair Dr Janette Randall, a Brisbane GP, said GPs varied in how they handled that expectation. But there were certainly some who felt pressured to prescribe, despite