Survey to determine the relative importance of clinical factors used to make empiric antibiotic decisions

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2021 Jan;42(1):93-95. doi: 10.1017/ice.2020.378. Epub 2020 Sep 2.


A cross-sectional survey study of inpatient prescribers in a university health system was performed to assess the importance they place on different clinical risk factors when making empiric antibiotic decisions. Our findings show that these clinical risk factors were weighted differently based on the clinical scenario and the type of prescriber.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents* / therapeutic use
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents