Study warns of antibiotic overuse in dementia patients

02/25/2008 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The · Forbes

A U.S. study revealed that about half of nursing home residents with advanced dementia received antibiotics in the last two weeks of life, prompting researchers to caution providers about the benefits of the practice, as extensive antibiotic use in people with the disease can give rise to drug-resistant bacteria. "If no enhancement in the quality of life can be expected by the use of antibiotics, withholding their use may be the appropriate step to take in the case of infection," the study authors explained.

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