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Albrecht JS, McGregor JC, Fromme EK
A nationwide analysis of antibiotic use in hospice care in the final week of life.
This study uses data form the 2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey to estimate antibiotic utilization in hospice care patients and identify potential infectious indications and facility and patient characteristics associated with antibiotic use in this population. It found that 27 percent of hospice patients received an antibiotic during the last seven days of life, most without a documented infectious diagnosis.
Citation: Albrecht JS, McGregor JC, Fromme EK . A nationwide analysis of antibiotic use in hospice care in the final week of life. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2013 Oct;46(4):483-90. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2012.09.010..
Keywords: Antibiotics, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Home Healthcare, Medication, Palliative Care, Practice Patterns