Journal article

Cultural dimensions relevant to antimicrobial stewardship: the contribution of individualism and power distance to perioperative prescribing practices in European hospitals

Allen C Cheng, Leon J Worth

HEALTHCARE INFECTION | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2015

Abstract

Antimicrobial prescribing practices are influenced by many factors, including culture and societal norms. Sociological researchers have previously proposed dimensions by which cultures may be defined. We sought to examine the association between cultural dimensions and the proportion of surgical prophylaxis inappropriately continued for longer than 24h (PAP >24) by evaluating published European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control point-prevalence data from European countries. A negative correlation between individualism and PAP >24 was evident, whereas power distance and PAP >24 were positively correlated. A positive correlation was also observed between uncertainty avoidance and PAP >..

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