Broom, J. et al. Journal of Hospital Infection | Published online: 5 May 2017
Background: Suboptimal antibiotic use in respiratory infections is widespread both in hospital medicine and primary care. Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) teams within hospitals, commonly led by infectious diseases physicians, are frequently charged with optimising respiratory antibiotic use, but there is limited information on what drives antibiotic use in this area of clinical medicine, or on how AMS is perceived.
Aim: This study explores the perceptions of hospital respiratory clinicians on AMS in respiratory medicine.
Conclusions: AMS processes are introduced in hospitals with established social structures and knowledge bases. AMS in respiratory medicine is reported by these clinicians to challenge and conflict with many of these dynamics. If the influence of these dynamics is not considered, AMS processes may not be effective in containing antibiotic use in hospital respiratory medicine.
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