What nonclinical factors are associated with antibiotic use for acute sinusitis?
Background: Sinusitis, usually a viral infection, is one of the most common conditions treated by primary care providers. Despite their lack of efficacy, antibiotics are pervasively overused for sinusitis, resulting in widespread antibiotic resistance. Decreasing antibiotic use for uncomplicated sinusitis is an important focus of antimicrobial stewardship.
Explore this issue:October 2015
Study design: Retrospective cohort at a single academic institution of 1,272 adult patients diagnosed with acute sinusitis between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2006.
Setting: University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor.