Author Affiliations: School of Medicine (Dr Lai) and Graduate Institute of Integrated Medicine (Dr Liao), China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan; Department of Family Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung (Dr Lai); and Department of Internal Medicine, Taichung Tzu Chi General Hospital, and Department of Health Care Administration, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taichung (Dr Liao).
We read with great interest the report by Fairlie and colleagues1 indicating that 83% of adults with acute sinusitis received antibiotic treatment. The authors comment that changes are needed in prescribing behavior for sinusitis among health care physicians to improve health care quality and further reduce antibiotic resistance. To better inform physicians caring for these patients, can the authors estimate what percentage of cases of acute sinusitis resolve spontaneously?
Lai S, Liao K. Acute Sinusitis in Adults. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(10):934. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.81