Unsolicited post-prescription antibiotic review in surgical and medical wards: factors associated with counselling and physicians' compliance.
Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2013 Feb;32(2):227-35
Authors: Lesprit P, Landelle C, Brun-Buisson C
The purpose of this investigation was to describe the impact of an early review of antibiotic prescriptions in a hospital using unsolicited infectious disease physician (IDP) counselling, identify areas for improvement and examine factors associated with physicians' non-compliance. The prescriptions of 15 selected antibiotics from surgical or medical wards were screened daily and reviewed between days 3 and 5 by a single IDP during an 8-month period to identify those likely needing counselling. Improved antibiotic use was sought by encouraging ward physicians to withdraw or de-escalate therapy, promoting oral switch or reducing the duration of therapy whenever appropriate. Variables potentially associated with IDP counselling and physicians' non-compliance were tested using bivariate analysis and then entered in a logistic regression model. Among 857 prescriptions analysed, 54.6 % prompted unsolicited counselling, mostly for stopping therapy (18.8 %), reducing its duration (18.0 %) or de-escalation (13.0 %). Variables independently associated with IDP counselling included antibiotic combination (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 5.27 [95 % confidence interval (CI), 1.80-15.45]; p = 0.002), non-clinically documented infection (aOR, 4.98 [95 % CI, 2.81-8.82]; p < 0.001) and microbiologically documented infection (aOR, 2.04 [95 % CI, 1.51-2.75]; p < 0.001). The physicians' compliance rate was 77.3 %. Variables independently associated with physicians' non-compliance to the IDP recommendation were the surgical speciality of the ward physician (aOR, 1.91 [95 % CI, 1.17-3.12]; p = 0.009) and advice to reduce the duration of therapy (aOR, 1.88 [95 % CI, 1.12-3.15]; p = 0.017). An unsolicited post-prescription antibiotic review can be successfully implemented with a high rate of physicians' compliance. Areas for targeting improvement measures include prescriptions in surgical wards and shortening the duration of therapy.
PMID: 22918515 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]