Prescribing antibiotics for children with respiratory tract infections does not reduce the amount of time a physician spends with patients. It takes about 14 minutes per patient whether or not an antibiotic prescription is given. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2005;159(12):1145-9.
Antimicrobial stewardship involves using antibiotics only when needed and only as directed. The principles of antimicrobial stewardship apply wherever antimicrobial agents are used, from hospitals to the home.