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Table 4 Treatment strategies

From: A multicenter randomized clinical trial investigating the cost-effectiveness of treatment strategies with or without antibiotics for uncomplicated acute diverticulitis (DIABOLO trial)

Conservative strategy with antibiotics Liberal strategy without antibiotics
- Hospital admission; - Admission only if discharge criteria are not met;
- Intravenous fluids and at least 48 hours of intravenous antibiotics and subsequently switch to oral antibiotics if tolerated (otherwise continuation i.v.) to complete a full 10-day treatment duration; - No initial antibiotics;
- Adequate pain relief (VAS < 4); - Adequate pain relief (VAS < 4);
- Oral intake as tolerated; - Oral intake as tolerated;
- Daily monitoring. - Daily monitoring when admitted to the hospital;
-Self monitoring at home after discharge -Out patient follow-up at regular intervals - Self monitoring at home. - Out patient follow-up at regular intervals