To the Editor: In his Editorial, Dr Ebell1 discusses his opinion that antibiotics are overprescribed
for acute lower respiratory tract infection. While I agree with this general
opinion, I dispute his specific conclusion that the findings in the study
by Little et al2 show little difference in
the percentage of patients satisfied among those who received an immediate
antibiotic (86%), a delayed antibiotic (77%), and no antibiotic (72%).
Antibiotic Prescribing for Lower Respiratory Tract Infection. JAMA. 2005;294(16):2032. doi:10.1001/jama.294.16.2032-a