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Antibiotic prescribing practice in residential aged care facilities — health care providers’ perspectives

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In reply: We acknowledge the importance of the consumer in shared decision making regarding patient care. Our focus was to explore antibiotic prescribing practices from health care providers’ perspectives,1 including workflow-related factors, in residential aged care facilities (RACFs).

We aimed to identify the potential for point-of-care tools in RACFs, among other interventions. Not surprisingly, a perception of consumer demand for antibiotics was reported, and this has been evident in other publications.24 Nevertheless, the views of consumers were outside the scope of our study.

Importantly, we remain interested in consumer perspectives on antibiotic use. Members of this research team are directly involved with consumer-based activities related to antibiotic prescribing, such as developing clinical care standards.