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Open Forum Infect Dis. 2018 Dec 3;6(1):ofy319. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofy319. eCollection 2019 Jan.

Expected Practice as a Novel Antibiotic Stewardship Intervention.

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1
Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
2
Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA.
3
Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (USC) Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
4
Department of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine at USC, Los Angeles, CA.
5
University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, Los Angeles, CA.

Abstract

"Expected practice" is a recently described method to alter clinical behavior. We implemented an expected practice around short-course antibiotic therapy, which was associated with decreased antibiotic utilization for multiple bacterial infections. Thus, we describe this expected practice as a novel, simple, and inexpensive tool to enhance antibiotic stewardship.

KEYWORDS:

antibiotic stewardship; expected practice; quality improvement

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