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Groundbreaking Study on Antibiotic Duration for Recurrent UTI Patients

Antibiotic Duration for Recurrent UTI Patients
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Written by Andrew Le, MD.
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Clinical Physician Assistant, Summit Health
Last updated May 26, 2024

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Understanding the right length of antibiotic treatment for recurrent urinary tract infections (rUTIs) is crucial for effective management and recovery. New research from Brown University Alpert School of Medicine has shed light on this matter with a finding that could impact treatment protocols worldwide.

According to a report published on May 9, 2024, in Urogynecology by the academic team from Brown University, a study focused on the comparison between standard guideline-consistent antibiotic treatments versus extended treatment durations for rUTI patients. Specifically, the study aimed to identify if extending the duration of antibiotic use could reduce persistent or relapsed infections, or potentially decrease recurrence rates of UTIs in these patients.

This retrospective noninferiority study analyzed data from women diagnosed with rUTI at an academic tertiary referral center over a five-year period from January 2016 to December 2020. The researchers, including primary contact Julia Shinnick and her colleagues, looked at 219 patients with a total of 553 acute UTI episodes. They measured outcomes based on whether the infections persisted or relapsed with the same pathogen within four weeks (indicating treatment failure) or whether a recurrence occurred with a different pathogen.

The results were telling. Out of the 553 UTIs, roughly half were treated with the standard acute UTI guideline-consistent antibiotics—the other half received extended treatment. Notably, 15.6% of these UTI episodes resulted in persistence or relapse, while 5.2% recurred. Crucially, when comparing the different approaches to antibiotic duration, the study found that guideline-consistent treatment duration was not inferior to the extended treatment regime.

The findings from this cohort of rUTI patients indicate that longer antibiotic courses may not be necessary and that adherence to current guidelines is effective. This discovery could have significant implications for patient care, antibiotic stewardship, and healthcare systems, potentially reducing unnecessary prolonged antibiotic use and fostering better patient outcomes.

To delve deeper into the details of this study, you can access the research for free at For further inquiries or information, contact the Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Brown University Alpert School of Medicine. This research adds to the continuing efforts to refine and optimize treatment protocols for women's health issues, with the respected researchers from Brown University at the forefront.

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Jeff brings to Buoy 20 years of clinical experience as a physician assistant in urgent care and internal medicine. He also has extensive experience in healthcare administration, most recently as developer and director of an urgent care center. While completing his doctorate in Health Sciences at A.T. Still University, Jeff studied population health, healthcare systems, and evidence-based medicine....
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Shinnick, J., Josephs, I., Suskin, J. A., Kurchena, K., Pileika, L., Darveau, S., Scarpaci, M. M., & Carberry, C. (2024). Antibiotic Duration and UTI Outcomes in Recurrent UTI Patients. Urogynecology. Retrieved from