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Improving Prescribing

Healthcare professionals can implement appropriate antibiotic use in outpatient settings, such as primary care offices and emergency rooms. Changing prescribing behaviors can be difficult, but there are proven, evidence-based methods to optimize antibiotic therapy for individuals while minimizing harm to the patient and reducing antibiotic resistance in the community.

If you are interested in improving antibiotic prescribing in inpatient settings, please visit CDC’s page for appropriate antibiotic use in inpatient settings: Antibiotic Use in Hospitals and Long-Term Care.

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