Appropriateness of Antibiotic Prescribing for Acute Sinusitis in Primary Care: A Cross-sectional Study

Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Jan 27;72(2):311-314. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa736.


The proportion of sinusitis visits that meet antibiotic prescribing criteria is unknown. Of 425 randomly selected sinusitis visits, 50% (214) met antibiotic prescribing criteria. There was no significant difference in antibiotic prescribing at visits that did (205/214 [96%]) and did not (193/211 [92%]; P = .07) meet antibiotic prescribing criteria.

Keywords: antibacterial agents; clinical decision-making; primary health care; respiratory tract infections; sinusitis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Inappropriate Prescribing
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Primary Health Care
  • Respiratory Tract Infections* / drug therapy
  • Sinusitis* / drug therapy


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents