Physician Assistant M.S.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Hanson, Christina


The prevalence of antibiotic resistance has grown steadily over the past few decades. Hundreds of thousands of people are dying each year due to the unavailability of previously effective antibiotic regimens. A major influence in the continued progression of this resistance can be attributed to the overuse and inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics. This study explored the factors that influence medical providers to use or prescribe antibiotics in situations when they are not indicated. The study was conducted through a semi-structured interview to providers from Minnesota and Wisconsin who work or have previously worked in urgent cares or emergency rooms. Providers were interviewed in person and asked eight interview questions. Results revealed that the providers were all in agreement that antibiotic resistance is a current and growing problem. Of the six major influencing factors identified in the literature review, providers agreed that all were influential, and that five of the six were significant and had affected them or their co-workers. They were also able to identify other factors that may influence prescribing practices.

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Physician Assistant

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

Included in

Primary Care Commons