Meta-analyses on the optimization of the duration of antimicrobial treatment for various infections

Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2009 Jun;23(2):269-76, Table of Contents. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2009.01.009.


A mainstay of antibiotic treatment is its optimal duration for the management of infections. Many randomized control trials have been conducted on these issues during the last years. The results from these randomized control trials have been analyzed by various meta-analyses. To address the role of meta-analyses that compared a short-duration with a long-duration of the same antibiotic treatment for various infections a search was made in PubMed, Scopus, and Cochrane databases for relevant meta-analyses.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Bacterial Infections / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Meta-Analysis as Topic
  • Time Factors


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents