Reducing Inappropriate Antibiotic Use

Reducing Inappropriate Antibiotic Use Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Inappropriate prescribing leads to increased resistance to and reduced effectiveness of antibiotic medications. Physicians and patients may be unaware of guidelines on the use of antibiotics for viral infections, and patients and parents may not realize that their inappropriate use can be ineffective and can cause harm.

The featured Innovations describe efforts to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing, including a health plan that provided regular performance feedback to physicians, a telemedicine-based antimicrobial stewardship program, and an educational program designed to support physicians employing shared decisionmaking with patients.

The featured QualityTools provide information and resources that can help clinicians reduce inappropriate antibiotic use.

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