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Verpleegkundigen in een antibiotic stewardship program: van informatiebehoeften naar technologie

Middelhuis, Thijs (2012) Verpleegkundigen in een antibiotic stewardship program: van informatiebehoeften naar technologie.

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Abstract:Antibiotic Stewardship Programs (ASP’s) focus on the responsible use of antibiotics in care institutions and hospitals. This to fight antibiotic resistance. Nurses can play an important role in an ASP. However, the contribution nurses can have is insufficiently investigated. Previous research already indicate that there is a broad information need for nurses when they are working with antibiotics and the present provision of information leaves much to desire. Technology can probably be helpful in this case. This study focuses on getting the information needs of nurses, when it comes to antibiotic use, synoptic an looks for a way in which technology can support this. On the basis of a literature study information is collected with regard to nurses in an ASP. The information from this literature study is used in preparation of a focus group with nurses. The focus group is conducted in Medisch Spectrum Twente (MST). Participants were 6 nurses of two long sections of the hospital. A pharmacy was there for support of the researchers when it comes to medical knowledge. The literature study and the focus group has shown that nurses need both patient related information, such as medications that the patient gets and its dosage, as general information, which they find in documents and protocols. Besides that there is available from what sources they get this information and in which context this happens. There is also an overview available in which nurses indicate which information can be supported by a technology and what their requirements and wishes are to the shaping of such a technology. From the research results is can be concluded that there exists a wide information need of nurses when it comes to the use of antibiotics. Currently this information is available in a too scattered way which makes finding information inefficient. Technology can provide support particularly in an organized information structure that makes that nurses can work on a more efficient manner with antibiotics.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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