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.
- Medicaid Managed Care Plan Provides Reports, Guidelines, and Education Materials to Physicians, Reducing Inappropriate Prescribing of Antibiotics to Children and Adolescents
- Online Tutorial and Interactive Workshop Support Physicians in Employing Shared Decisionmaking With Patients, Reducing Antibiotic Use for Acute Respiratory Infections
- Telemedicine-Based Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Improves Prescribing, Reduces Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics at Rural Hospital
Also in This Issue:
- Statewide Initiative Focuses on Early Diagnosis, Care Team Activation, and Patient Transfer, Leading to More Timely Treatment for Heart Attack Patients
- Remote Interpretation Delivered via Simple and Inexpensive Videoconferencing Technology Generates High Satisfaction Among Patients and Clinicians at Outpatient Clinic