Some Doctors May Overprescribe Antibiotics For Fear Of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

side note: Set aside wasteful spending on unnecessary tests, defensive medicine may be making disease stronger. It’s scary. We firmly believe this is a large part of why healthcare costs in this country are out of control. We don’t think this is the only thing, but this is a good place to start if we are to redo our system.

Medical News Today
A new study led by a team of researchers at New York Medical College suggests that that medical liability concerns may be playing a role in the increase of MRSA in healthcare settings by encouraging clinicians to prescribe antibiotics more often and more broadly than clinical circumstances and evidence-based guidelines warrant. The study appeared in the American Journal of Therapeutics.

The team analyzed census figures, statistics on population density of attorneys and physicians, and data on antibiotic utilization for the United States, Canada, and 15 European countries. They compared this to statistics on the percentage of methicillin resistance among clinical isolates of S. aureus. They found a strong correlation between the prevalence of methicillin resistance and density of attorneys in countries in Europe and North America. They found no correlation between prevalence of methicillin resistance and physician density.

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