Amid growing concerns over antibiotic resistance, a new survey finds the vast majority of doctors acknowledge a problem exists and believe inappropriate prescribing most often occurs in physician offices. But at the same time, many doctors do not believe their own practices are to blame, a lack of recognition that contributes to a worsening public health crisis.
Specifically, 94% of doctors agree that antibiotic resistance is a national issue, but just 55% see this as a problem in their own practices. Meanwhile, 91% think inappropriate prescribing can be traced to doctor offices or urgent care settings, yet just 37% say the problem occurs in their own practices. And 60% believe they prescribe antibiotics more appropriately than other doctors.