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Comment & Response
April 2019

Balance Between Best Practice and Patient Satisfaction: Antimicrobial Stewardship in Telemedicine

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York
  • 2Department of Family Medicine, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York
JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(4):589. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.8763

To the Editor As antibiotic stewardship programs have reduced inappropriate prescribing habits in primary care, as well as in urgent and emergency care settings, is virtual care now in need of scrutiny?

We read with interest the Research Letter by Martinez and colleagues1 regarding an association between antibiotic prescriptions for treatment of respiratory tract infections via telemedicine and increased patient satisfaction scores among Online Care Group (American Well) health care providers. As the authors note, antibiotic stewardship has long been an international priority, and it is imperative that we understand the factors that may influence health care providers’ decisions to inappropriately prescribe.2

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