Optimizing the Usability of Hospital Antibiograms: A Step Towards Efficient Diagnostic Stewardship

Overview:

Appropriate prescription of antibiotics is vital to decrease the spread of antibiotic resistance. Multiple methods have been devised by Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in hospitals to decrease antibiotic resistance: one such method is the consultation of antibiogram. Studies have supported that their implementation reduces the number of prescriptions in clinical institutions. Yet, there is a significant lack of antibiogram consultation both in hospitals and primary care. In order to improve their usability, there is a need to identify and address the barriers leading to their lack of consultation. More specifically, the following research questions need to be explored:

1. What are the personal and organizational barriers to the use of antibiogram?
2. What can be done to increase the usability of the antibiogram in clinical settings?

Capstone Team: 

Ayesha Athar
Kaitlyn Gonsalves

 

Capstone Advisory Committee:

Linda Dresser
Derek MacFadden
Allison McGeer
Andrew Morris
Susan Poutanen

 

TRP Faculty Lead:

Dr. Edyta Marcon