Diagnostic Stewardship: Opportunity for a Laboratory-Infectious Diseases Partnership

Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Aug 16;67(5):799-801. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy077.


Recent advances in microbial diagnostics are providing clinicians with information about microbes causing infections and their resistance to antimicrobial agents more rapidly than ever before. Diagnostic stewardship refers to the appropriate use of laboratory testing to guide patient management, including treatment, in order to optimize clinical outcomes and limit the spread of antimicrobial resistance. Fulfilling the promise of diagnostic stewardship requires a seamless partnership between clinical laboratories, pharmacists, and infectious diseases clinicians, so that appropriate tests are ordered and diagnostic information is translated into appropriate management in real time.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents / pharmacology*
  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship / methods*
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques*
  • Communicable Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Communicable Diseases / drug therapy
  • Drug Utilization
  • Humans
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Molecular Diagnostic Techniques*
  • Patients


  • Anti-Infective Agents