Targeting Appropriate Prescribing in Outpatient
Settings (TAP OUT)
Inappropriate antibiotic use is the primary contributor to the spread of antibiotic resistance. Estimates are that more than 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed in outpatient settings are unnecessary. Primary care clinics and clinicians prescribe approximately half of all outpatient antibiotics in the United States. Outpatient antibiotic prescribing in particular has been demonstrated to be directly associated with antimicrobial resistance.
Antimicrobial stewardship efforts have been shown to be effective to combat inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing, growing microbial resistance, and increasing costs.
LACDPH designed its Targeting Appropriate Prescribing in Outpatient Settings (TAP OUT) program to assist ambulatory healthcare settings in Los Angeles County meet the CDC Core Elements of Stewardship through implementation of evidence-based practices.
Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship
Antibiotic Stewardship in the Outpatient Setting
Tools to Curb Inappropriate Use of Antibiotics SLIDES
Appropriate Treatment of Common Infections in
Primary Care SLIDES
2017 Special Report: Using CDCís Core Elements of Outpatient Stewardship
to improve antibiotic prescribing practices in Los Angeles County
Public Health Quarterly
Connect (for outpatient settings)
Health Services Advisory Group Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship
Physicians for a Healthy
California Project AWARE