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Table 3 Recommendations to subscribers from the antimicrobial stewardship team

From: Impact of an antimicrobial stewardship in a 126-bed community hospital with close communication between pharmacists working on post-prescription audit, ward pharmacists, and the antimicrobial stewardship team

  pre-AS period post-AS period p-value
(n = 288) (n = 247)
Order of culture examinations 1 4  
Selection of antimicrobials 4 26  
Dose of antimicrobials 18 20  
Duration of antimicrobial therapy 0 4  
De-escalation 0 7  
Therapeutic drug monitoring 3 5  
Others 4 2  
Total recommendations (cases) 30 68  
Applicable patients (persons) 30 52  
Recommendation rate 10.4 (30/288) 21.1 (52/247) < 0.01
Acceptance rate of recommendation 93.3 (28/30) 94.1 (64/68) 1.00
  1. Values are presented as numbers or % (Number of recommended cases/All participating patients) or % (Number of accepted cases/Number of recommended cases)
  2. Data were analyzed using the chi-squared test