Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship

For Healthcare Professionals

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.

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.

Training

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Resources

Handouts and Posters

  • Patient and Physician Information
    Includes commitment posters; fact sheets to share with your patients; and patient information on delayed prescribing, watchful waiting, and symptomatic relief for viral illness
  • Outpatient Treatment Recommendations
    Summary of recommendations from national clinical practice guidelines for appropriate antibiotic prescribing for common outpatient infections