The evolving landscape of healthcare-associated infections: Recent advances in prevention and a road map for research

Nasia Safdar, Deverick J. Anderson, Barbara I. Braun, Philip Carling, Stuart Cohen, Curtis Donskey, Marci Drees, Anthony Harris, David K. Henderson, Susan S. Huang, Manisha Juthani-Mehta, Ebbing Lautenbach, Darren R. Linkin, Jennifer Meddings, Loren G. Miller, Aaron Milstone, Daniel Morgan, Sharmila Sengupta, Meera Varman, Deborah YokoeDanielle M. Zerr

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Abstract

This white paper identifies knowledge gaps and new challenges in healthcare epidemiology research, assesses the progress made toward addressing research priorities, provides the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Research Committee's recommendations for high-priority research topics, and proposes a road map for making progress toward these goals. It updates the 2010 SHEA Research Committee document, "Charting the Course for the Future of Science in Healthcare Epidemiology: Results of a Survey of the Membership of SHEA," which called for a national approach to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and a prioritized research agenda. This paper highlights recent studies that have advanced our understanding of HAIs, the establishment of the SHEA Research Network as a collaborative infrastructure to address research questions, prevention initiatives at state and national levels, changes in reporting and payment requirements, and new patterns in antimicrobial resistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)480-493
Number of pages14
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Safdar, N., Anderson, D. J., Braun, B. I., Carling, P., Cohen, S., Donskey, C., Drees, M., Harris, A., Henderson, D. K., Huang, S. S., Juthani-Mehta, M., Lautenbach, E., Linkin, D. R., Meddings, J., Miller, L. G., Milstone, A., Morgan, D., Sengupta, S., Varman, M., ... Zerr, D. M. (2014). The evolving landscape of healthcare-associated infections: Recent advances in prevention and a road map for research. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 35(5), 480-493. https://doi.org/10.1086/675821