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Hospital-Onset MRSA Bacteremia Rates Are Significantly Correlated With Sociodemographic Factors: A Step Toward Risk Adjustment

  • Joshua T. Freeman (a1), Matthew R. Blakiston (a2) and Deverick J. Anderson (a3)

The correlations between census-derived sociodemographic variables and hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (HO-MRSAB) rates were examined at the US state level. On multivariable analysis, only percent African American remained statistically significant. This finding highlights an important disparity and suggests that risk adjustment is needed when comparing HO-MRSAB rates among US states.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018;39:479–481

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Address correspondence to Dr Joshua Freeman, Canterbury Health Laboratories, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand (
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