Published: 11 February 2022

Authors: Katryna A. Gouin, MPH; Katherine E. Fleming-Dutra, MD; Sharon Tsay, MD; Destani Bizune, MPH; Lauri A. Hicks, DO; Sarah Kabbani, MD

Source: This abstract has been sourced from NZ Respiratory Research Review Issue 196


    What is already known about this topic?

    Health care providers vary in their propensity to prescribe antibiotics. Peer comparison audit and feedback is an effective antibiotic stewardship intervention to improve antibiotic prescribing.

    What is added by this report?

    The highest 10% of antibiotic prescribers prescribed 41% of total antibiotic prescriptions for Medicare Part D beneficiaries in 2019. The antibiotic prescribing rate of these higher-volume prescribers was 60% higher than that of lower-volume prescribers.

    What are the implications for public health practice?

    Publicly available Medicare Part D data can be used by public health organizations and health care systems to guide antibiotic stewardship interventions and optimize antibiotic prescribing to limit the emergence of antibiotic resistance and improve patient outcomes.

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