Influencing duration of antibiotic therapy: A behavior change analysis in long-term care

This study, co-authored by Can-Change member Dr. Gary Garber, sought to identify potential antibiotic stewardship opportunities aimed at prolonged duration of antibiotic therapy by examining barriers and enablers to using shorter courses of antibiotic therapy in the long-term care (LTC) setting. The themes identified that influence duration of antibiotic therapy in LTC were environmental context and resources, knowledge, beliefs about consequences, social influences, and behavioral regulation. Tackling misconceptions and providing educational support may be helpful approaches.