AUA 2017: Practice patterns across specialties in the treatment of women with recurrent UTIs in an academic healthcare system
Boston, MA (UroToday.com) Matthew Sterling, MD from the University of Pennsylvania presented a poster entitled "Practice patterns across specialties in the treatment of women with recurrent UTIs in an academic healthcare system". Dr. Sterling described a survey-based study in which a 17-question electronic survey regarding the management of recurrent UTIs in women was distributed to 210 providers in the Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Urology departments. With a 32% response rate, the authors found that a significant percentage of providers utilize extended courses of antibiotics for patients with recurrent UTIs despite no evidence for this strategy. Additionally, there exists significant variability in the practice patterns of recurrent UTI's between and within specialties. the authors found that 60% of providers report treating patients with recurrent UTIs with an extended course of antibiotics. Additionally, 35% treat despite lack of symptoms and 37% utilize suppressive antibiotics. Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology providers reported that they utilize suppressive antibiotics more than Internal Medicine and Family Medicine at 50%.
Presenter: Matthew E. Sterling, M.D., University of Pennsylvania
Written By: Lindsey Cox, MD from the Medical University of South Carolina
at the 2017 AUA Annual Meeting - May 12 - 16, 2017 – Boston, Massachusetts, USA