Hospice patients may get more antibiotics than needed, study finds

01/24/2013 | MedWire News (U.K.)

An Oregon State University study found 27% of hospice patients were given an antibiotic in their final week of life, even though only 15% of those who got the drugs had a documented infection. Researchers wrote in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management that more work is needed to develop guidelines for antibiotic use in hospice care.

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