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Inappropriate use of antibiotics for acute sinusitis

KEY POINT

An observational study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that assessed more than 3 million physician office visits for acute sinusitis showed that more than two-thirds of prescribed antibiotics were given for 10 days or longer, despite current guidelines recommending a treatment duration of 5 to 7 days for uncomplicated cases in adult patients.

SOURCES

King LM, et al. Antibiotic therapy duration in US adults with sinusitis. JAMA Intern Med. 2018;[Epub ahead of print].

Chow AW, et al. Executive summary: IDSA clinical practice guideline for acute bacterial rhinosinusitis in children and adults. Clin Infect Dis. 2012;54(8):1041–5.