Antibiotic Use Among Hospitalized Adult Patients in a Setting with Limited Laboratory Infrastructure in Freetown Sierra Leone, 2017-2018
The authors found high rates of antibiotic use, of which a large fraction was not based on laboratory evidence. Lack of oversight and microbiological support are drivers of poor prescribing in many developing countries, which lack financial resources and serve a sicker population. Greater investments are needed to establish antimicrobial stewardship program and provide clinicians with diagnostic support to enable improvements in patient outcomes and curb the spread of antibiotic resistance.
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