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Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship

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What is Antibiotic Stewardship?

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 management4.

HSAG is a centralized resource for knowledge and tools that help outpatient providers improve health quality, efficiency, and value.

By partnering with us, your organization will be able to:

  • Establish antibiotic stewardship (AS) activities that meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship in Outpatient Settings.
  • Participate in learning and action network activities to promote and spread AS best practices.
  • Receive no-cost education, outreach, and technical assistance to spread the principles of AS and understand the risks of misuse/overuse of antibiotics.

Who is eligible to participate?

Outpatient settings eligible to participate in the collaborative include:

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Physician offices
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs)
 
  • Public health clinics
  • Emergency departments
  • Outpatient pharmacies
  • Pharmacy-based clinics

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1CDC. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/week/downloads/gsw-factsheet-cost.pdf.
2CDC. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/community/programs-measurement/measuring-antibiotic-prescribing.html.
3Sanchez GV, Fleming-Dutra KE, Roberts RM, Hicks LA. Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship. MMWR Recomm Rep 2016;65(No. RR-6):1-12. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6506a1.htm?s_cid=rr6506a1_e.
4Sanchez GV, Fleming-Dutra KE, Roberts RM, Hicks LA. Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship. MMWR Recomm Rep 2016;65(No. RR-6):1-12. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6506a1.htm?s_cid=rr6506a1_e.