Overuse and misuse of antibiotics are major threats to public health, and the focus of national efforts to improve the quality of antibiotic prescribing in all health care settings, including assisted living facilities (ALFs). Understanding the frequency and patterns of antibiotic use is a necessary step toward improving the safety of antibiotic use in ALFs. The few studies of antibiotic use in ALFs have predominantly focused on the frequency of antibiotic starts and the process of antibiotic ordering in these facilities.
- Sloane P.D.
- Zimmerman S.
- Reed D.
- et al.
Antibiotic prescribing in 4 assisted-living communities: Incidence and potential for improvement.
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014; 35: S62-S68
2To our knowledge, studies examining indicators of potentially inappropriate antibiotic therapy have not been previously reported. Three ALFs located in the Midwest were recruited to participate in the project. Residents from the 6 care units in these 3 ALFs comprised the final sample. This research letter addresses this knowledge gap by examining treatment indication, antibiotic choice, and duration of therapy and explore variability across memory care vs non–memory care units.
- Kistler C.E.
- Sloane P.D.
- Platts-Mills T.F.
- et al.
Challenges of antibiotic prescribing for assisted living residents: Perspectives of providers, staff, residents, and family members.
J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013; 61: 565-570
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Published online: April 28, 2021
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