A new simulation program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneer Portfolio program, will allow physicians to participate in interactive role play to help reduce antibiotic overuse.

Thirty-five primary care providers and 35 patients will participate in a two-month pilot using the technology to improve communications and inform attitudes about antibiotic prescribing, according to MedCity News.

Overprescribing has become a significant problem in primary care. Patients often perceive a lack of care if they're not given prescriptions to treat illness and physicians give in to the pressure to give patients what they want, even if not medically necessary, Ron Goldman, co-founder of New York-based Kognito Solutions, told the publication. Time constraints during appointments also may play a role in this phenomenon, according to experts.

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