Diagnostic Stewardship: Opportunity for a Laboratory-Infectious Diseases Partnership

Robin Patel, Ferric C. Fang

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Abstract

Recent advances in microbial diagnostics are providing clinicians with information about microbes causing infections and their resistance to antimicrobial agents more rapidly than ever before. Diagnostic stewardship refers to the appropriate use of laboratory testing to guide patient management, including treatment, in order to optimize clinical outcomes and limit the spread of antimicrobial resistance. Fulfilling the promise of diagnostic stewardship requires a seamless partnership between clinical laboratories, pharmacists, and infectious diseases clinicians, so that appropriate tests are ordered and diagnostic information is translated into appropriate management in real time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)799-801
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume67
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 16 2018

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Keywords

  • clinical microbiology
  • culture-independent.
  • diagnostics
  • infectious diseases
  • stewardship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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