GPs remain under pressure to prescribe antibiotics for URTIs

POLL: Do you give in to pressure from patients to prescribe for URTIs?

A survey of 1019 Australians found 76% expect an antibiotic for an ear, nose, throat or chest infection. Just over half (51%) said they would ask for antibiotics for such an illness.

In a blog published today, CEO Dr Lynn Weekes, said Australian doctors were generally excellent prescribers but there was an anomaly with antibiotics.

“Many note the pressure of patient expectation and indeed research shows that when patients ask