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LA BioMed study finds daily antibiotics most effective in preventing recurrent urinary tract infection
Date:1/8/2014

data is somewhat limited. Cranberry pills and estrogen therapy reduced the recurrence rate to 1.1 per year. Another approach is self-diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections, which, while not reducing recurrence rates, was associated with the highest quality of life of all management strategies.

All of these approaches saved money for insurance providers. All of these approaches except for self-diagnosis and treatment added to patients' out-of-pocket costs, from a mean of $140 per year for antibiotics to a mean of $946 a year for acupuncture. The researchers noted that patients usually bore most or all the cost of acupuncture, while health insurance often covered all or part of the cost of antibiotics.

"This study provides comparisons of prevention approaches so women can knowledgeably discuss with their providers the most appropriate way for them to manage recurrent urinary tract infections," said Dr. Miller. "Because patient preferences are very diverse, we laid out the benefits and costs of each approach to help the patient and provider choose an approach that best suits the patient's lifestyle and preferences."


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Contact: Laura Mecoy
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Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed)
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