In a cross-sectional analysis of 2015 data, about 56 million antibiotic prescriptions in ambulatory care settings were either inappropriate or lacked a documented indication.
Primary care physicians in the U.S. were least likely to report receiving notifications when a patient is seen elsewhere for after-hours care, among other findings.
A 59-year-old man is evaluated during a routine examination. He feels well and has no symptoms. Medical history is significant for hypertension. On physical examination, the patient is afebrile, blood pressure is 122/74 mm Hg, and pulse rate is 76/min. Cardiac examination is unremarkable. What is the most appropriate next step in management?
The guidelines from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) will aid clinicians' decision making for patients undergoing upper endoscopy in North America, the authors said.