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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 Mar;40(3):372-374. doi: 10.1017/ice.2018.341. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Changes in outpatient antibiotic utilization, 2000-2016: More people are receiving fewer antibiotics.

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Department of Population Medicine,Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute,Boston, Massachusetts.

Abstract

We examined annual outpatient antibiotic dispensings within a health insurance plan covering ∼970,000 members per year during 2000-2016. The proportion of members with antibiotic dispensings decreased from 33.3% in 2000 to 25.9% in 2016. This trend was consistent in all stratifications of age, race/ethnicity, sex, and comorbidities.

PMID:
30767803
DOI:
10.1017/ice.2018.341

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