Tools Available to Reduce Unnecessary Antibiotics Use

For the second straight year, the MMS and seven other health care organizations are providing physicians with tools to help them reduce the unnecessary utilization of antibiotics during the flu season.

About 80 percent of adults with acute bronchitis receive a prescription for antibiotics, yet most bronchitis is due to viral infection for which antibiotic therapy offers no benefit.

The MMS is offering a collection of tools for physicians to make decisions about antibiotics and communicate effectively with their patients. These include bronchitis and sinusitis treatment algorithms, office posters and patient handouts.

To view and download the materials for free, visit www.massmed.org/antibiotics.

Thanks to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the Partnership for Healthcare Excellence, Atrius Health, and the Reliant Medical Group for again participating in this effort.

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