Which type of antibiotic prescriber are you?

A study of Australian GPs has found that doctors fall into one of three groups when it comes to prescribing antibiotics for URTIs: 'compromisers', 'delayers' and 'withholders'.

'Compromisers' are GPs who are more likely to cave in to pressure from patients — particularly mothers of young children and migrants — and prescribe antibiotics for a URTI, the authors found in interviews with 32 GPs.

'Delayers' explain to patients that antibiotics are unlikely to be necessary, but will give a delayed script to demanding patients or to patients they have concerns