Journal article

Sustainability of antimicrobial stewardship programs in Australian rural hospitals: a qualitative study

Jaclyn L Bishop, Thomas R Schulz, David CM Kong, Kirsty L Buising

AUSTRALIAN HEALTH REVIEW | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2020

Abstract

Objective The aim of this study was to explore the features of sustainable antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programs in Australian rural hospitals and develop recommendations on incorporating these features into rural hospitals' AMS programs. Methods Lead AMS clinicians with knowledge of at least one AMS program sustained for >2 years in a health service in rural Australia were recruited to the study. A series of interviews was conducted and the transcripts analysed thematically using a framework method. Results Fifteen participants from various professional disciplines were interviewed. Key features that positively affected the sustainability of AMS programs in rural hospitals included a hos..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence Grant for the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank N. Deborah Friedman (NDF) for assisting with an interview. This work was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence Grant for the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (APP1079625), an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship to The University of Melbourne for Jaclyn L. Bishop and a PhD stipend from the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship to Jaclyn L. Bishop.