Programs promoting timely sequential antimicrobial therapy: an American perspective.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Interventional programs promoting the timely conversion of intravenous to oral antimicrobial therapy have been reported from several hospitals in the U.S.A. and elsewhere. Factors influencing the initiation and conduct of these programs include technological advances, changes in health care delivery or reimbursement, publication of supportive clinical data and growth of clinical pharmacy services. Successful programs employ comprehensive, multidisciplinary strategies to contain antimicrobial-related expenditures using interventions based on structured criteria. Future emphasis on cost-effective drug therapy, advances in computer-based information technology and development of care maps can have favourable influences on the growth of these programs in the U.S.A.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Drew, RH

Published Date

  • July 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 Suppl 1 /

Start / End Page

  • 3 - 9

PubMed ID

  • 9756363

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0163-4453

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0163-4453(98)92677-9


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England