The current treatment landscape: the need for antifungal stewardship programmes

Author: 

Patricia Munoz and Emilio Bouza on behalf of the COMIC (Collaboration Group on Mycosis) study group
J Antimicrob Chemother 2016; 71 Suppl 2: ii5–ii12

Abstract: 

There is increasing evidence supporting the need for antifungal stewardship (AFS) programmes in order to promote appropriate antifungal use, improve diagnosis and quality of care, and decrease the costs of antifungal treatment. AFS programmes delivered by experienced teams can be efficacious and cost effective. However, there are a variety of challenges often faced during the implementation of AFS programmes which can present barriers to their success. These can include lack of dedicated personnel, lack of investment in new diagnostic and prescription tools, and misperception by other physicians.