An implementation guide to reducing overtreatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria

Michael Daniel, Sara Keller, Mohammad Mozafarihashjin, Amit Pahwa, Christine Soong

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Treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB) frequently lacks appropriate indication, yet remains prevalent across settings. Numerous guidelines, professional societies, and campaigns such as Choosing Wisely advocate against this low-value practice. Efforts aimed at reducing unnecessary treatment of ASB demonstrate improved costs, and avoidable harm without increased risk of adverse events.We propose an evidence-based implementation guide to aid practitioners in reducing inappropriate treatment of ASB.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-276
Number of pages6
JournalJAMA internal medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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