Affordable Access

Access to the full text

Effects of an operational multidisciplinary team on hospital antibiotic use and cost in France: a cluster controlled trial

  • Bevilacqua, Sibylle1, 2
  • Demoré, Béatrice3, 4
  • Erpelding, Marie-Line5
  • Boschetti, Emmanuelle3
  • May, Thierry1, 6
  • May, Isabelle3
  • Rabaud, Christian1, 6
  • Thilly, Nathalie2, 5
  • 1 University Hospital of Nancy, Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Nancy, France , Nancy (France)
  • 2 Nancy University, P. Verlaine—Metz University, Paris—Descartes University, EA 4360 Apemac, Nancy, France , Nancy (France)
  • 3 University Hospital of Nancy, Pharmacy, Brabois Hospital, Nancy, France , Nancy (France)
  • 4 Nancy University, Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacy and Biotechnology, EA 3452, Nancy, France , Nancy (France)
  • 5 University Hospital of Nancy, Brabois Hospital, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, CIC-EC CIE6 Inserm, Vandoeuvre lès Nancy, 54500, France , Vandoeuvre lès Nancy (France)
  • 6 Nancy University, Host—Environment Relation, EA 4369, Nancy, France , Nancy (France)
Published Article
International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Springer Netherlands
Publication Date
Mar 25, 2011
DOI: 10.1007/s11096-011-9499-9
Springer Nature


Objective The study objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of an operational multidisciplinary antibiotic team, including an infectious disease physician and a clinical pharmacist, in reducing the hospital antimicrobial consumption and costs. Setting The 1800-bed University Hospitals of Nancy (France). Method A cluster controlled ‘before-after’ study was performed. The intervention group comprised 11 medical and surgical wards in settings where the operational antibiotic team was implemented, and the control group comprised 6 wards without this operational team. The ‘before’ period (2005) preceded the implementation of the operational team in the intervention group and ‘after’ (July 2007 to June 2008) followed its full implementation. Main outcome measure We compared consumption of antibiotics overall and by therapeutic class (in defined daily doses per 1,000 patient days) and cost savings (in €) between ‘before’ and ‘after’ in both groups (control and intervention), using a mixed effect linear model. Results The overall consumption of antibiotics decreased after implementation of the operational team by 33.6% in the intervention group and by 3.3% in the control group (P = 0.003). Compared with the control group, the decrease in antibiotic use in the intervention group was significantly higher for various therapeutic classes (broad-spectrum penicillins, injectable fluoroquinolones, glycopeptides) and specific drugs (imipenem, ciprofloxacin, teicoplanin). For the same activity, the total cost savings were 14-fold higher in the intervention group. Conclusion Establishment of an operational multidisciplinary team may be an effective way to reduce hospital antibiotic use and cost, with a good acceptance rate among prescribers.

Report this publication


Seen <100 times