Paediatric Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT): an e-survey of the experiences of parents and clinicians.

BERNIE CARTER*, Debra Fisher-Smith, David Porter, Steven Lane, Matthew Peak, David Taylor Robinson, Louise Bracken, Enitan D Carrol

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Background: Little evidence exists about parental satisfaction and their influence on referral to paediatric Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT).
Aim: This study aimed to examine the experiences of parents, children and clinicians of OPAT at a large tertiary children’s hospital.
Method: A prospective e-survey, using closed and open questions, of parents (n=33) of 33 children who had received OPAT (3 children completed a survey), and clinicians (n=31) involved in OPAT at a tertiary hospital. Data were collected September 2016 to July 2018.
Results: Data were analysed using simple descriptive statistics. The results show that OPAT offered benefits (less stress, re-establishment of family life) compared to hospital-based treatment for parents and children, although some were anxious. Clinicians' referral judgements were based on child, home, and clinical factors. Some clinicians found the process of referral complex
Conclusion: Most parents and children were satisfied with the OPAT service and preferred the option of home-based treatment as it promoted the child's comfort and recovery and supported family routines.
Original languageEnglish
Article number0249514.
JournalPLoS ONE
Early online date2 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2021


  • Benefits
  • child
  • comfort
  • OPAT
  • parent
  • referral
  • recovery


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