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


"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.


antibiotic stewardship; expected practice; quality improvement

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