Julie M Akers*1, Alex J Adams2, Michael E Klepser3
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common infections affecting adult women. One-half of all women will experience at least one UTI in their lifetime. Recurrence of UTIs is common, with a reported rate of 25% within 6 months of the first occurrence. UTIs are responsible for nearly 10.5 million medical visits annually in the United States (US), accounting for 0.9% of ambulatory visits. Estimates show emergency room visits for UTIs lead to $4 billion annually in unnecessary healthcare costs. Enhanced access to care at lower cost venues holds significant promise to improve patient care more efficiently.
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