Outcomes and Metrics for Antimicrobial Stewardship: Survey of Physicians and Pharmacists.

Outcomes and Metrics for Antimicrobial Stewardship: Survey of Physicians and Pharmacists.

Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Oct 15;59(suppl 3):S108-S111

Authors: Bumpass JB, McDaneld PM, DePestel DD, Lamp KC, Chung TJ, McKinnon PS, Crompton MG, Hermsen ED

Abstract
We conducted a survey to compare antimicrobial stewardship outcomes considered to be most important with those used in practice as metrics. Respondent opinion of important outcomes compared with those collected as metrics were antimicrobial use (15% vs 73%), antimicrobial cost (10% vs 73%), appropriateness of antimicrobial use (56% vs 51%), infection-related mortality rate (34% vs 7%), and antibiotic-associated length of stay (22% vs 12%). Patient outcomes are important to many practitioners but are rarely used as metrics.

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