Early palliative care consultation reduces antimicrobial consumption at end of life

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Early palliative care consultation may reduce antimicrobial consumption in patients at the end of life, according to recently published study findings.

“Physicians often choose to continue antibiotics to improve quality of life or reduce symptom burden. However, whether these outcomes are achieved is unclear, with some studies showing no difference,” Jason P. Burnham, MD, instructor in medicine in the division of infectious diseases at Washington University School of Medicine, told Infectious Disease News.