Journal article

Implementing antimicrobial stewardship in the Australian private hospital system: a qualitative study

Menino O Cotta, Megan S Robertson, Caroline Marshall, Karin A Thursky, Danny Liew, Kirsty L Buising

AUSTRALIAN HEALTH REVIEW | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To explore organisational factors and barriers contributing to limited uptake of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in Australian private hospitals and to determine solutions for AMS implementation. METHODS: A qualitative study using a series of focus group discussions was conducted in a large private hospital making use of a semistructured interview guide to facilitate discussion among clinical and non-clinical stakeholders. A thematic analysis using five sequential components that mapped and interpreted emergent themes surrounding AMS implementation was undertaken by a multidisciplinary team of researchers. RESULTS: Analysis revealed that autonomy of consultant specialists was perc..

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