SHEA Article: “Charting the Course for the Future of Science in Healthcare Epidemiology”

June 14, 2010

A recent article by the The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology details a recent survey conducted by the SHEA Research Committee.  The purpose of the survey was to gain insight into SHEA member views “about the HAI problem and their assessment of the most important obstacles to designing effective interventions.”

The survey had three major goals:

  1. “identify gaps in [member] knowledge base and determine the membership’s priorities for research goals,”
  2. “assess whether SHEA members would be willing to participate in research consortia to address identified gaps in scientific knowledge,” and
  3. “evaluate the need for additional training for the next generation of investigators in the field of healthcare epidemiology and the membership’s view of SHEA’s role in such training.”

The survey data results will provide a road map for the SHEA Research Committee for the next decade.

The results identified several important HAI issues.  The highest ranked issues facing the field were identified as: multidrug-resistant gram-negative organisms, antimicrobial stewardship, MRSA, hand hygiene guidelines, and Clostridium difficile infections.

Referenced Article:  The Research Committee of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and Sinii, Ninet.  Charting the Course for the Future of Science in Healthcare Epidemiology: Results of a Survey of the Membership of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America.  Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 31(7):669-675 (2010).

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