Category: Fellows Posters
Antibiotic resistance continues to be an increasing public health concern worldwide. A significant component of this is due to the inappropriate prescribing and use of antibiotics in the outpatient setting. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported an estimate of 30% of outpatients receiving antibiotics that were completely unnecessary and approximately 50% receiving antibiotics that were prescribed for the wrong indication, dose, and/or duration. The purpose of this retrospective quality improvement study is to establish standards for optimizing appropriate oral antibiotic prescribing in ambulatory care patients.