Interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing practices for hospital inpatients

Peter Davey, Erwin Brown, Esmita Charani, Lynda Fenelon, Ian M Gould, Alison Holmes, Craig R Ramsay, Philip J Wiffen, Mark Wilcox

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The first publication of this review in Issue 3, 2005 included studies up to November 2003. This update adds studies to December 2006 and focuses on application of a new method for meta-analysis of interrupted time series studies and application of new Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Risk of Bias criteria to all studies in the review, including those studies in the previously published version. The aim of the review is to evaluate the impact of interventions from the perspective of antibiotic stewardship. The two objectives of antibiotic stewardship are first to ensure effective treatment for patients with bacterial infection and second support professionals and patients to reduce unnecessary use and minimize collateral damage.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberCD003543
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2013


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Cross Infection
  • Drug Resistance, Bacterial
  • Humans
  • Inpatients
  • Physician's Practice Patterns
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic


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