PROGRESS: Urinary tract infections in elderly resisdents of nursing homes

Project Details


Symptoms of urinary tract infection (UTI) in the elderly are often non-specific, leading to over-diagnosis and unnecessary antibiotic treatment. The core of the project is a diagnostic study in which point-of-care measurement of C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin (PCT) are compared for their test characteristics in diagnosing UTI in nursing home residents.

The study assessed the use and interpretation of the urinary dipstick by care personnel in nursing homes, and examined the role of non-specific symptoms in the diagnosis of urinary tract infections.

The study includes a social science component that addresses strategies needed to implement new diagnostic procedures, including adoption by the health care staff, implementation in daily practice, and incorporation of new tests in local and national guidelines.
Effective start/end date1/03/201728/02/2021