Clinical Decision Support Systems and Their Role in Antibiotic Stewardship: a Systematic Review


Purpose of Review

The purpose of this article is to perform a systematic review over the past 5 years on the role and effectiveness of clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) on antibiotic stewardship.

Recent Findings

CDDS interventions found a significant impact on multiple outcomes relevant to antibiotic stewardship. There are various types of CDSS implementations, both active and passive (provider initiated). Passive interventions were associated with more significant outcomes; however, both interventions appeared effective. In the reviewed literature, CDSSs were consistently associated with decreasing antibiotic consumption and narrowing the spectrum of antibiotic usage. Generally, guideline adherence was improved with CDSS, although this was not universal. The effect on other outcomes, such as mortality, Clostridiodes difficile infections, length of stay, and cost, inconsistently showed a significant difference.


Overall, CDDS implementation has effectively decreased antibiotic consumption and improved guideline adherence across the various types of CDSS. Other positive outcomes were noted in certain settings, but were not universal. When creating a new intervention, it is important to identify the optimal structure and deployment of a CDSS for a specific setting.

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Rittmann, B., Stevens, M.P. Clinical Decision Support Systems and Their Role in Antibiotic Stewardship: a Systematic Review. Curr Infect Dis Rep 21, 29 (2019).

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  • Clinical decision support system
  • CDDS
  • Decision support system
  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Antimicrobial stewardship