Teams in Transition: Increasing Role of Advanced Practice Providers in Antimicrobial Use and Infectious Diseases Consultation

Advanced practice providers (APPs) have taken on increasing responsibilities as primary team members in acute care hospitals, but the impact of this practice shift on antimicrobial prescribing and infectious diseases (ID) consultation requests is unknown. The team, led by Dr. Rey Perez, describes longitudinal trends in antimicrobial days of therapy (DOT) and ID consultation by attributed provider type in 3 hospitals.

Hospitals had differing baseline patterns of DOT attributed to provider groups, but all experienced increases in DOT attributed to APPs. Similar increases were seen in changes to ID consultation. APPs have increasing involvement in antimicrobial use decisions in the inpatient setting and should be engaged in future antimicrobial stewardship initiatives.

Read the full article in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.