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Diagnostic errors that lead to inappropriate antimicrobial use.

Filice GA, Drekonja DM, Thurn JR, et al. Infection control and hospital epidemiology. 2015;36:949-56.

Overuse of antibiotics is a major factor in the development of certain types of health care‚Äďassociated infections. This retrospective study found that unnecessary antibiotic use was often a result of diagnostic error, particularly in patients who were empirically treated for urinary tract infections without clear diagnostic evidence. The results of this study imply that addressing diagnostic uncertainty should be a component of antimicrobial stewardship programs.