Table 2

Clinicians’ perceived barriers to improving performance on the HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) acute bronchitis measure in 2010 (N = 29)
Survey question % agree % disagree
My patients really want and expect antibiotics when they come in. 79 21
My patients will be dissatisfied if they don’t get antibiotics. 72 14
It’s easier to just give the patient antibiotics than to explain that they don’t work. 38 55
I can’t always trust the CXR results to rule out pneumonia. 48 45
The randomized trials that found no benefit of antibiotics for acute bronchitis do not adequately represent patients in my practice. 21 62
I don’t have enough time with each patient. 41 52
I worry about possible medical liability if I don’t prescribe antibiotics and there’s a bad outcome. 34 34
Prescribing antibiotics for acute bronchitis is standard of care. 31 62

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