The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Antibiotic Stewardship has launched the second of a four-section web-based training course on Antibiotic Stewardship, each section of which will be released in 2018. This section is comprised of four modules that will cover:
- What we know about outpatient antibiotic use in the United States
- Cases of inappropriate antibiotic usages and opportunities for improvement
- Barriers to appropriate outpatient antibiotic prescribing and methods to overcome those barriers.
- The importance of antibiotic stewardship in outpatient settings, the Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship, and evidenced based strategies to implement the Core Elements.
- Training for clinicians about communicating with patients when antibiotics are not warranted.
Each individual module has continuing education credits. To register and take the course online, create an account at http://bit.ly/2BsVc0z.
NOTE: While this particular course is primarily for clinicians who prescribe antibiotics, CDC recognizes that everyone plays an important role in antibiotic use. Doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified health education specialists, nurses, pharmacists, and public health practitioners with a master’s degree in public health are eligible to receive up to eight hours of free CE for the entire course.