Advertisement

« Six steps to start a... | Main | The first thing to d... »

Thursday Oct 17, 2019

How to manage unrealistic antibiotic expectations

Sometimes patients who are feeling ill don’t want to leave the exam room without a prescription. Schmuel Chencinski, MD, writes in Practice Pearls that by having a simple conversation with patients before the exam, he’s often able to preempt requests for unnecessary antibiotics.

Chencinski explains upfront that if the patient has a viral infection, they must not treat it with antibiotics because doing so could be hazardous. Following this explanation, patients are usually more receptive to leaving without a prescription if that’s what it turns out to be.


Read more Practice Pearls from your colleagues in FPM. Got a Pearl you’d like to share? Comment below or send it to FPM.

Insightful, quick-read tips delivered straight to your inbox

Sign up to receive FPM's free, weekly e-newsletter, "Quick Tips & Insights," filled with practical, peer-reviewed advice you can put to work right now to improve patient care, streamline your day, get properly reimbursed, and improve career satisfaction.


Posted at 08:00PM Oct 17, 2019 by FPM Editors

« Six steps to start a... | Main | The first thing to d... »


CURRENT ISSUE

RECENT POSTS

SEARCH THIS BLOG


TOPICS

DISCLAIMER

The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the AAFP. All comments are moderated and will be removed if they violate our Terms of Use.

FEEDS