Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—In light of the findings by Dr Nyquist and colleagues1 that 46% of children with the diagnostic label of URI received antibiotics, Dr Schwartz and colleagues,2 in their Editorial, ask why physicians continue to prescribe antibiotics for children with URIs. We believe that the propensity to prescribe antibiotics may, in part, be because of a belief that antibiotics are effective in reducing complications from URI, particularly otitis media or pneumonia.
Tom Fahey, Nigel Stocks. Antibiotics for Children With Upper Respiratory Tract Infections. JAMA. 1998;280(16):1399–1402. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-16-jbk1028