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#48 – Aligning Goals: Antibiotics in End of Life Care

Drs. Molly Sinert and Jon Furuno join Dr. David Ha (@DHpharmd) to discuss the prevalence of antibiotic use and its harms and benefits in reducing suffering and providing comfort during end-of-life care.

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