- •Clinicians often test for C. difficile despite knowing patients are on laxatives.
- •Reasons for testing include increased loose stool or change in clinical status.
- •Prior CDI, antibiotic receipt, and comorbidities also influence decisions to test.
- •Targeted education is needed about testing after receipt of bowel medications.
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