Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Veronica Wilbur, Ph.D.
Jackie Owens, DNP
Cheryl Schlamb, DNP
The overuse and misuse of antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections contribute to antimicrobial resistance and potential patient harm. The use of shared decision-making is an evidence-based practice tool shown to decrease unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions while promoting antibiotic stewardship. This quality improvement project implanted an evidence- based shared decision-making model, along with the use of an evidence-based decision tool for the treatment of acute respiratory infections in a rural college health center over a 4- month period. The results of this project were commensurate with the historical and current evidence found, adding to the body of knowledge and research supporting shared decision- making in the outpatient setting for the reduction in antibiotic use.
Fernandes, Jennifer, "The Use of Shared Decision Making and its Effect on Antibiotic Prescriptions" (2021). West Chester University Doctoral Projects. 108.