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Educational intervention curbs use of antibiotics for respiratory infections

Key clinical point: A multifaceted education program prompted clinicians to significantly reduce antibiotic prescriptions during pediatric visits for acute respiratory tract infections.

Major finding: Antibiotics prescribing for acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs) decreased by 7% between baseline and a 2- to 8-month postintervention period.

Study details: The data come from a total 72,723 ARTI visits by 29,762 patients both before and after an educational intervention involving 57 clinicians.

Disclosures: The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health, along with additional infrastructure funding from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services. The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.