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October 26, 2005

Antibiotic Prescribing for Lower Respiratory Tract Infection

JAMA. 2005;294(16):2032. doi:10.1001/jama.294.16.2032-a

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%).