Registrars succumb to antibiotic pressure

GP registrars know the evidence on antibiotic resistance but often overprescribe anyway, an Australian study finds.

A lack of confidence was a major driver of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing among GP registrars as they tried to navigate a “cognitive dissonance” between their knowledge and their prescribing behaviours, according to interviews with 17 registrars

These inexperienced doctors “found it difficult to back their own judgement when there are a whole host of complex issues swirling around”,