ISKRA GUIDELINES ON DIAGNOSTICS AND TREATMENT OF PROSTATITIS – CROATIAN NATIONAL GUIDELINES
Višnja Škerk, Goran Štimac, Ognjen Kraus, Jasmina Vraneš, Edita Sušić, Suzana Bukovski, Tvrtko Hudolin, Željko Kaštelan, Vesna Mađarić, Alemka Markotić, Suzana Mimica Matanović, Dragan Soldo, Dalibor Vukelić, Arjana Tambić Andrašević
These guidelines refer to classification, diagnostics and treatment of prostatitis syndrome. The aim of these guidelines is the standardization, harmonization and optimization of diagnostics, treatment and monitoring of patients with prostatitis that would lead to improved quality of health care for these patients and promote rational use of antibiotics. The guidelines are primarily intended for general practitioners and specialists working in primary health care and hospitals. The members of the Working Group (WG) for the development of guidelines on diagnostics and treatment of prostatitis were appointed by the Croatian Ministry of Health. The evidence for these guidelines was identified by systematic review of the literature, local antibiotic resistance data, existing clinical protocols for diagnostics and treatment of prostatitis, as well as suggestions and comments from colleagues physicians. Through continuing medical education courses, the guidelines were widely presented to family medicine physicians and specialists working in primary health care and hospitals – urologists, infectious disease specialists, microbiologists and nephrologists. The final version of the guidelines was reviewed and approved by members of the Intersectoral Coordination Mechanism for the Control of Antimicrobial Resistance (ISKRA). These guidelines also present clinical instructions aimed at standardizing the procedures and criteria for diagnosis and treatment of patients with prostatitis in Croatia.