START Trial goes live

Congratulations to the START Trial team who started the pilot phase of their MRFF funded study today, enrolling the first 14 residents.

The START Trial (Stepped-wedge Trial to increase antibiotic Appropriateness in Residential aged care facilities) is an Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) supported study being delivered Department of Infectious Diseases Monash University and the Alfred Hospital in partnership with Bupa Australia. The START project will implement and evaluate the impact of a nurse-led bundled antimicrobial stewardship program on the appropriateness of antimicrobial use in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). The project will also explore the impact of resident movement on the spread of antimicrobial resistance and model the transmission of antimicrobial resistance. Congratulations to the team in particular Co-investigators Dr Trisha Peel and Dr Andrew Stewardson, and START Trial Project Coordinator Dr Natali Jokanovic, who have all worked hard on preparing for the pilot including their role in testing the CTMS. The start up time for this trial, from draft CRF, was under three months due to the comprehensive requirements gathering and stakeholder engagement by the project team. Well done!

To find out more about the study visit their information page.

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