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
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..View full abstract
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Awarded by National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship - National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia
This work was supported by the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, which is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (grant no. APP1079625). L.D. was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.