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J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2015 Mar;4(1):57-9. doi: 10.1093/jpids/piu044. Epub 2014 May 23.

Lessons Learned in Antibiotic Stewardship: Fluoroquinolone Use in Pediatrics.

Author information

1
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City;
2
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics and The Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia;
3
Respiratory Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.

Abstract

The use of fluoroquinolones differs dramatically between adult and pediatric patients. For adults, they are the leading class of antibiotics prescribed in ambulatory care visits whereas in children, they are the least frequently prescribed class. The reasons for this difference in practice likely relate to perceptions of their potential for harm. This highlights the impact of physicians' perception of direct patient harm in antibiotic decision making which has implications for antibiotic stewardship.

KEYWORDS:

antibacterial agents; drug resistance; physician's practice patterns.

PMID:
26407358
PMCID:
PMC5965879
DOI:
10.1093/jpids/piu044
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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