Study evaluates physician practices during e-visits

03/14/2013 | AAFP News Now

Data from four primary care practices showed physicians who had electronic visits with patients were less likely to order a urinary tract infection-related test, more likely to prescribe antibiotics for UTIs or sinusitis, and less likely to order additional preventive care for either condition, University of Pittsburgh researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study compared e-visits with office visits, and researchers said that while patients were generally happy with the e-visits, the higher prescribing rates for antibiotics were somewhat worrisome.

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