Expected Practice as a Novel Antibiotic Stewardship Intervention

Open Forum Infect Dis. 2018 Dec 3;6(1):ofy319. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofy319. eCollection 2019 Jan.


"Expected practice" is a recently described method to alter clinical behavior. We implemented an expected practice around short-course antibiotic therapy, which was associated with decreased antibiotic utilization for multiple bacterial infections. Thus, we describe this expected practice as a novel, simple, and inexpensive tool to enhance antibiotic stewardship.

Keywords: antibiotic stewardship; expected practice; quality improvement.