About the programme
It can be challenging to diagnose urinary tract infections (UTIs) in older people. This can often result in patients being misdiagnosed and over-treated for UTI; leading to risk of harm from inappropriate antibiotic use, without clinical benefit1.
NICE has published quality standards whereby adults aged 65 years and over should have a full clinical assessment before a diagnosis of UTI is made2. This aligns with our current project whereby we are working with the UK Health Security Agency to develop a UTI diagnostic tool for use in care homes.
We hope this will improve the diagnosis and management of UTI in this setting and support some of the key aims set out in the UK 5 Year National Action Plan to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance. This includes the ambition to reduce healthcare-associated gram-negative bloodstream infections and enhance accurate and timely UTI diagnosis3.