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Effect of behavioral interventions on inappropriate antibiotic prescribing among primary care practices: a randomized clinical trial.

Meeker D; Linder JA; Fox CR; Friedberg MW; Persell SD; Goldstein NJ; Knight TK; Hay JW; Doctor JN.

In this cluster randomized trial among 47 primary care practices, prompting clinicians to enter justifications for prescribing antibiotics in patients with antibiotic-inappropriate diagnoses or providing peer comparisons through emails decreased mean antibiotic prescribing rates compared to controls. Antibiotics are a significant source of medical care overuse and inappropriate prescriptions can lead to avoidable harms.