Free Program to Promote Appropriate Antibiotic Use for Patients Seen Via Telemedicine

March 5, 2024

The deadline for enrolling in the program is May 23, 2024.

Two million infections are caused by antibiotic resistant organisms, leading to 35,000 deaths each year. Studies have shown that one-third to one-half of antibiotic prescriptions, especially in outpatient settings and for acute respiratory illnesses, are unnecessary.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is recruiting primary and urgent care healthcare professionals, including telemedicine practices, to participate in a new, no cost program: Improve Antibiotic Prescribing and Reduce Patient Harm Associated with Antibiotics.

The program starts this June and will consist of brief educational presentations highlighting best practices to optimize antibiotic prescribing in the telemedicine environment. Participants will have access to technical assistance, coaching, webinars and practical tools to implement improvements in their practice. Continuing education units, continuing medical education credits, and ABIM MOC points will be offered for participants.

To learn more about the program, join one of the informational webinars that will start next week. To register, scroll down on the AHRQ program overview webpage and select your preferred date and time. Learn more by accessing AHRQ’s frequently asked questions.

If you have questions, please contact the AHRQ Safety Program for Telemedicine team by email
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