Resources for Outpatient Clinics

Getting Started

According to the CDC, 30% of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions in the United States are unnecessary (Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes, CDC). Approximately half of outpatient antibiotic prescribing in humans might be inappropriate.

Patients who are unnecessarily exposed to antibiotics are placed at risk for those adverse events with no benefit. By reducing unnecessary antibiotic prescribing, antimicrobial stewardship programs can prevent avoidable adverse events resulting from antibiotics.

The resources below are designed to assist all outpatient healthcare professionals with implementing a program.

Implementation Guidance



To post in patient care areas

CDC Resources for Action

To be given to patients for whom an antibiotic may not be necessary

Clinical Guidance

Local Clinical Guideline Creation Guidance Document

Antibiotic Treatment Guide

National Clinical Guidelines


CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance and Patient Safety Portal (ARSP)

  • Allows healthcare providers, facilities, and the public to explore and visualize national and state-specific data relevant to both outpatient and inpatient antibiotic stewardship programs

HEDIS Measures - Washington Community Checkup

  • Displays Health Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measure scores by county, accountable community of health, and state average
  • Measures related to antibiotic prescribing include:
    • Avoidance of Antibiotics for Acute Bronchitis (AAB)
    • Appropriate Treatment for Upper Respiratory Infection (URI)
    • Appropriate Testing for Pharyngitis (CWP)

WA DOH’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Quality Measures for Healthcare Professionals in Select Outpatient Settings

  • Contains a list of quality measures that are applicable to antimicrobial stewardship programs in urgent care clinics, family practice clinics, and more


Specialized Training and Educational Opportunities

Educational Documents for All Clinicians

Educational Documents for Community Pharmacists

Patient Education

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