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The Evolving Landscape of Healthcare-Associated Infections: Recent Advances in Prevention and a Road Map for Research

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 May 2016

Nasia Safdar*
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Infectious Disease Division, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin
Deverick J. Anderson
Duke University Medical Center, Department of Infectious Diseases, Durham, North Carolina
Barbara I. Braun
The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
Philip Carling
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
Stuart Cohen
Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California Davis School of Medicine, Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention, Sacramento, California
Curtis Donskey
Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Marci Drees
Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Delaware
Anthony Harris
University of Maryland School of Medicine, EPH Genomic Epidemiology & Clinical Outcomes, Baltimore, Maryland
David K. Henderson
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
Susan S. Huang
University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, California
Manisha Juthani-Mehta
Yale University School of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases, New Haven, Connecticut
Ebbing Lautenbach
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Darren R. Linkin
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jennifer Meddings
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Loren G. Miller
Division of Infectious Diseases, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California
Aaron Milstone
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Daniel Morgan
University of Maryland School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs Maryland Healthcare System, Baltimore, Maryland
Sharmila Sengupta
Department of Microbiology, BLK Super Specialty Hospital, Delhi, India
Meera Varman
Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Deborah Yokoe
Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Danielle M. Zerr
Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington and Seattle Children's Research Institute, Seattle, Washington
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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.

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Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2014

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