For older adults, over diagnosis of urinary tract infections (UTI) is a primary driver of inappropriate antibiotic use. This risk is increased for patients in long term care facilities (LTCF), especially as they transition back and forth to emergency departments (ED). In this study, a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine aimed to understand how healthcare provider communication and relationship dynamics affect LTCF residents treated in the ED to identify barriers to antibiotic stewardship for UTIs.
"The Impact of Healthcare Provider Relationships and Communication Dynamics on Urinary Tract Infection Management and Antibiotic Utilization for Long-Term Care Facility Residents Treated in the Emergency Department: A Qualitative Study"
American Journal of Infection Control. 09 July 2020.