Primary-care doctors’ likelihood of over-prescribing antibiotics increased by 1% in their second hour of work, 14% in the third hour, and 26% in the fourth. This information suggests that doctors experience “decision fatigue” over the course of a day, according to a New York Times report on a study published in JAMA.
Over-prescription of antibiotics is a widespread phenomenon ::
In two-thirds of the cases studied by the researchers, antibiotics were prescribed even though they were not indicated, the Times says.
SOURCE :: Doctors and Decision Fatigue