Journal article

Antimicrobial stewardship in residential aged care facilities: need and readiness assessment

Ching Jou Lim, Megan Kwong, Rhonda L Stuart, Kirsty L Buising, N Deborah Friedman, Noleen Bennett, Allen C Cheng, Anton Y Peleg, Caroline Marshall, David Cm Kong

BMC Infectious Diseases | BMC | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Information about the feasibility, barriers and facilitators of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) has been scant. Exploring the prevailing perceptions and attitudes of key healthcare providers towards antibiotic prescribing behaviour, antibiotic resistance and AMS in the RACF setting is imperative to guide AMS interventions. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews and focus groups were conducted with key RACF healthcare providers until saturation of themes occurred. Participants were recruited using purposive and snowball sampling. The framework approach was applied for data analysis. RESULTS: A total of 40 nurses, 15 general practitioners (G..

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