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Racial differences in antibiotic prescribing by primary care pediatricians.

Gerber JS, Prasad PA, Localio AR, et al. Racial differences in antibiotic prescribing by primary care pediatricians. Pediatrics. 2013;131(4):677-684. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-2500

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March 20, 2013
Gerber JS, Prasad PA, Localio AR, et al. Pediatrics. 2013;131(4):677-684.

Earlier research has shown provider bias in prescribing for adult patients in the emergency department. This study focused on antibiotic prescribing in pediatric primary care for respiratory tract infections. Results show that providers were more likely to prescribe antibiotics for white children, more likely to diagnose acute respiratory tract infections in white children, and, when antibiotics were prescribed, less likely to prescribe broad-spectrum antibiotics for Black children.