Stool cultures and antimicrobial prescriptions related to infectious diarrhea

L. Rand Carpenter, Stephen J. Pont, William O. Cooper, Marie R. Griffin, Judith A. Dudley, Patrick Arbogast, William Schaffner, Timothy F. Jones

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Abstract

Stool cultures can be important in guiding antimicrobial therapy for diarrhea. From among 11.64 million person-years of Tennessee Medicaid enrollment data collected from 1995 through 2004, 315,828 diarrheal episodes were identified. Stool cultures were performed for only 15,820 episodes (5.0%). Antimicrobials were prescribed for 32,949 episodes (10.4%), 89.4% of which were not accompanied by a stool culture. White race and urban residence were associated with higher rates of stool culture. Frequent use of antimicrobials for diarrhea without stool culture may indicate inappropriate antimicrobial use and has critical implications for public health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1709-1712
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume197
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 2008

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Carpenter, L. R., Pont, S. J., Cooper, W. O., Griffin, M. R., Dudley, J. A., Arbogast, P., ... Jones, T. F. (2008). Stool cultures and antimicrobial prescriptions related to infectious diarrhea. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 197(12), 1709-1712. https://doi.org/10.1086/588142

Stool cultures and antimicrobial prescriptions related to infectious diarrhea. / Carpenter, L. Rand; Pont, Stephen J.; Cooper, William O.; Griffin, Marie R.; Dudley, Judith A.; Arbogast, Patrick; Schaffner, William; Jones, Timothy F.

In: Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol. 197, No. 12, 15.06.2008, p. 1709-1712.

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Carpenter, LR, Pont, SJ, Cooper, WO, Griffin, MR, Dudley, JA, Arbogast, P, Schaffner, W & Jones, TF 2008, 'Stool cultures and antimicrobial prescriptions related to infectious diarrhea', Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 197, no. 12, pp. 1709-1712. https://doi.org/10.1086/588142
Carpenter LR, Pont SJ, Cooper WO, Griffin MR, Dudley JA, Arbogast P et al. Stool cultures and antimicrobial prescriptions related to infectious diarrhea. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2008 Jun 15;197(12):1709-1712. https://doi.org/10.1086/588142
Carpenter, L. Rand ; Pont, Stephen J. ; Cooper, William O. ; Griffin, Marie R. ; Dudley, Judith A. ; Arbogast, Patrick ; Schaffner, William ; Jones, Timothy F. / Stool cultures and antimicrobial prescriptions related to infectious diarrhea. In: Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2008 ; Vol. 197, No. 12. pp. 1709-1712.
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