Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship

For Healthcare Professionals

Core Elements poster

The Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship provides a framework for antibiotic stewardship for outpatient clinicians and facilities that routinely provide antibiotic treatment. This report augments existing guidance for other clinical settings. In 2014 and 2015, respectively, CDC released the Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs and the Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes. Antibiotic stewardship is the effort to measure and improve how antibiotics are prescribed by clinicians and used by patients. Improving antibiotic prescribing involves implementing effective strategies to modify prescribing practices to align them with evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis and management.

  • A Field Guide to Antibiotic Stewardship in Outpatient Settings Cdc-pdf[PDF – 30 pages]External  – This guide from the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) program is intended for use by outpatient healthcare providers and leaders interested in implementing the Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship in their organizations. Included are a collection of implementation strategies, suggestions, and tools designed, tested, and applied by Quality Innovation Networks-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) working with a variety of outpatient settings to implement the Core Elements.
  • MITIGATE Antimicrobial Stewardship Toolkit Cdc-pdf[PDF – 47 pages]External – This guide is a toolkit for emergency departments and urgent care centers to implement locally relevant, effective, and practical antibiotic stewardship. When used, it will fulfill the Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship. Developed by the MITIGATE study team and available at the Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO Program) Antibiotic Stewardship Resources webpage.
  • Print Materials for Healthcare Professionals —including commitment posters; fact sheets to share with your patients; and patient information on delayed prescribing, watchful waiting, and symptomatic relief for viral illness
  • Continuing Education and Curriculum Opportunities —including training for healthcare professionals, pharmacists, and medical students on prescribing antibiotics appropriately and communications training
  • Outpatient Treatment Recommendations —Summary of recommendations from national clinical practice guidelines for appropriate antibiotic prescribing for common outpatient infections