Journal article

Antibiotic prescribing practice in residential aged care facilities - health care providers' perspectives

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



OBJECTIVE: To explore organisational workflow and workplace culture influencing antibiotic prescribing behaviour from the perspective of key health care providers working in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Qualitative approach using semistructured interviews, focus groups and onsite observation between 8 January 2013 and 2 July 2013. Nursing staff, general practitioners and pharmacists servicing residents at 12 high-level care RACFs in Victoria were recruited. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Emergent themes on antibiotic prescribing practices in RACFs. RESULTS: Sixty-one participants (40 nurses, 15 GPs and six pharmacists) participated. Factors influencing ..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Australian Unity Heritage Fellowship for Caroline Marshall from the Australian Unity Foundation. A PhD scholarship to Ching Jou Lim by University of Science Malaysia is gratefully acknowledged. Anton Peleg was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship (APP1047916). We would also like to thank all participants of the interviews and focus groups who contributed to this study.