Good practice recommendations for outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) in adults in the UK: a consensus statement

J Antimicrob Chemother. 2012 May;67(5):1053-62. doi: 10.1093/jac/dks003. Epub 2012 Jan 31.


These good practice recommendations for outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) are an update to a previous consensus statement on OPAT in the UK published in 1998. They are based on previous national and international guidelines, but have been further developed through an extensive consultation process, and are underpinned by evidence from published literature on OPAT. They provide pragmatic guidance on the development and delivery of OPAT services, looking at all aspects of service design, care delivery, outcome monitoring and quality assurance, with the aim of ensuring that OPAT services provide high-quality, low-risk care, whatever the healthcare setting. They will provide a useful resource for teams developing new services, as well as a practical set of quality indicators for existing services.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care / methods*
  • Ambulatory Care / organization & administration
  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Bacterial Infections / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / methods
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United Kingdom


  • Anti-Infective Agents