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The Context of Antibiotic Overuse

Sara Ackerman, PhD, MPH; and Ralph Gonzales, MD, MSPH
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From University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M12-1493.

Requests for Single Reprints: Ralph Gonzales, MD, MSPH, 3333 California Street, Box 1211, San Francisco, CA 94118; e-mail, ralphg@medicine.ucsf.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Ackerman: 185 Berry Street, Suite 5700, Box 0560, San Francisco, CA 94107.

Dr. Gonzales: 3333 California Street, Box 1211, San Francisco, CA 94118.

Ann Intern Med. 2012;157(3):211-212. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-157-3-201208070-00013
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In this issue, Hebert and colleagues examined how knowledge about the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic acted as a contextual mediator of clinicians' prescribing behavior for patients with febrile respiratory illness. The editorialists discuss the study's findings and conclude that we need to understand not only which contextual factors shape prescribing practices, but how and why.

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