Antibiotic prescribing in mental health units across the Veterans’ Health Administration: How much and how appropriate?

  22 October 2021

We evaluated antibiotic-prescribing across 111 mental health units in the Veterans’ Health Administration. We found that accurate diagnosis of urinary tract infections is a major area for improvement. Because non–mental-health clinicians were involved in most antibiotic-prescribing decisions, stewardship interventions for mental health patients should have a broad target audience to be effective.

Author(s): Jay J. Tieri , Bruce Alexander , Jason A. Egge , Brett H. Heintz and Daniel J. Livorsi
Effective Surveillance   Healthy Patients  
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