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Tools for Appropriate Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Outpatient Infections

A small number of infections account for the majority of antibiotic prescriptions in the outpatient setting. These “target conditions” are key areas where inappropriate antibiotic use can be reduced. For example, 50% of antibiotic prescriptions for outpatient respiratory infections are unnecessary.

Treatment charts include information about epidemiology/etiology, correct diagnosis, and updated treatment guidance from professional organizations. They are meant to guide clinical practice in management of these common conditions. Antibiograms are meant to advise clinical decision making based on local antibiotic resistance patterns.