Systemic Corticosteroid Use for Acute Respiratory Tract Illness
Acute respiratory tract illness (ARTI) symptoms are common reasons for which patients present to primary care clinics. The majority of these illnesses are viral in etiology and short-lived with symptoms decreasing in the first few days and resolving within a week to 10 days. Administration of steroid injections is a common yet unproven clinical practice in Louisiana. A retrospective analysis of claims data from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana revealed high rates of steroid injections for ARTI. This retrospective chart review of ARTI treatment within the Ochsner Health System primary care clinics to identify factors associated with inappropriate administration of steroids for ARTIs to inform the design of practice-based quality improvement initiative to reduce inappropriate use.
Evan L. Dvorin, MD
Eboni G. Price-Haywood, MD, MPH, FACP