Antimicrobial Stewardship Practice in the Ambulatory Setting from a National Cohort
The majority of antimicrobial use occurs in the ambulatory setting. Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are effective in improving appropriate prescribing and are now required by accreditation bodies.
ASPs are needed in the ambulatory setting, but are not common. Currently few ambulatory ASPs in this survey self-identify as fully functioning. The CDC Core Elements of antimicrobial stewardship should remain foundational for ASP development and expansion.
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