Author Affiliation: College of Human Medicine,
Michigan State University, East Lansing.
Cough is the third most common reason that patients present to physicians
for care and was responsible for 3.2% of all outpatient visits in the United
States in 2002.1 Of these visits, more than
30 million were made for a chief complaint of cough, at least 10 million of
which were made by otherwise healthy adults diagnosed with acute bronchitis;
most of these patients received an antibiotic prescription, often for a broad-spectrum
macrolide or quinolone costing US $50 to $100.1-4
Ebell MH. Antibiotic Prescribing for Cough and Symptoms of Respiratory Tract Infection: Do the Right Thing. JAMA. 2005;293(24):3062–3064. doi:10.1001/jama.293.24.3062
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