The value of an infectious diseases specialist

Clin Infect Dis. 2003 Apr 15;36(8):1013-7. doi: 10.1086/374245. Epub 2003 Mar 28.


Infectious diseases (ID) specialists have played a major role in patient care, infection control, and antibiotic management for many years. With the rapidly changing nature of health care, it has become necessary for ID specialists to articulate their value to multiple audiences. This article summarizes the versatile attributes possessed by ID specialists and delineates their value to patients, hospitals, and other integral groups in the health care continuum.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Communicable Diseases* / diagnosis
  • Communicable Diseases* / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Infection Control*
  • Outpatients
  • Sepsis / diagnosis
  • Sepsis / drug therapy
  • Specialization / economics*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents