Prevalence and predictors of antibiotic use in community-based elderly in ontario, Canada.

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Prevalence and predictors of antibiotic use in community-based elderly in ontario, Canada.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2011 Jul;32(7):710-3

Authors: Mertz D, Tjam EY, Poss J, Hirdes JP, Arai B, Johnstone J, Jantzi M, Loeb M

Little is known about antibiotic use in the elderly receiving home care. We found that 6,873 (5.4%) of 126,339 home care patients in Ontario received antibiotic treatment; 26% of the antibiotics administered were fluoroquinolones. Antibiotic treatment was most frequent in patients less than 65 years of age and among those with a poorer health status.

PMID: 21666404 [PubMed - in process]

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