Prescriber perceptions of a pediatric antimicrobial stewardship program

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 Jul;53(8):747-50. doi: 10.1177/0009922814528279. Epub 2014 Mar 27.


Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) can help improve antimicrobial use in hospitals and, therefore, reduce resistance. Our hospital implemented an ASP in 2004, with interventions based on Infectious Diseases Society of America recommendations. We aimed to assess the perceived effectiveness of ASP interventions on antimicrobial prescribing behavior by surveying hospital-based providers at a pediatric tertiary care center. We surveyed providers via an online survey utilizing questions with a Likert scale response format. Our ASP was perceived to be useful in improving antimicrobial use and was well received by prescribers. Hospitals considering creation of an ASP can anticipate that these interventions may affect prescribing behaviors in positive ways.

Keywords: antimicrobial resistance; antimicrobial stewardship program; pediatrics; survey.

MeSH terms

  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Bacterial Infections / drug therapy
  • Bacterial Infections / microbiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Drug Prescriptions / statistics & numerical data*
  • Drug Resistance, Bacterial
  • Drug Utilization / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Pediatric / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Inappropriate Prescribing / prevention & control*
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Pediatrics / organization & administration*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / organization & administration
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Risk Assessment


  • Anti-Infective Agents