Journal article

Antimicrobial stewardship near the end of life in aged care homes

Leslie Dowson, N Deborah Friedman, Caroline Marshall, Rhonda L Stuart, Kirsty Buising, Arjun Rajkhowa, Fiona Gotterson, David CM Kong

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INFECTION CONTROL | MOSBY-ELSEVIER | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to understand how aged care home health professionals perceive antimicrobial use near the end of life and how they perceive potential antimicrobial stewardship activities near the end of life in aged care homes. METHODS: Qualitative semi-structured interviews were undertaken with general practitioners, nurses, and pharmacists who provide routine care in aged care homes in Victoria, Australia. Interviews were coded using frameworks for understanding behavior change. RESULTS: Themes were established within 14 interviews, and an additional 6 interviews were undertaken to ensure thematic saturation. Two major themes emerged: (i) Antimicrobial stewardsh..

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