To determine the attributable in-hospital mortality, length of stay (LOS), and cost of hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infection (HO-CDI).
Propensity score matching.
Six Pennsylvania hospitals (2 academic centers, 1 community teaching facility, and 3 community nonteaching facilities) contributing data to a clinical research database.
Adult inpatients between 2007 and 2008.
We defined HO-CDI in adult inpatients as a positive C. difficile toxin assay result from a specimen collected more than 48 hours after admission and more than 8 weeks following any previous positive result. We developed an HO-CDI propensity model and matched cases with noncases by propensity score at a 1 : 3 ratio. We further restricted matching within the same hospital, within the same principal disease group, and within a similar length of lead time from admission to onset of HO-CDI.
Among 77,257 discharges, 282 HO-CDI cases were identified. The propensity score-matched rate was 90%. Compared with matched noncases, HO-CDI patients had higher mortality (11.8% vs 7.3%; P<.05), longer LOS (median [interquartile range (IQR)], 12 [9–21] vs 11 [8–17] days; P< .01), and higher cost (median [IQR], $20,804 [$ll,059-$38,429] vs $16,634 [$9,413–$30,319]; P< .01). The attributable effect of HO-CDI was 4.5% (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.2%–8.7%; P<.05) for mortality, 2.3 days (95% CI, 0.9–3.8; P<.01) for LOS, and $6,117 (95% CI, $1,659–$10,574; P<.01) for cost.
Patients with HO-CDI incur additional attributable mortality, LOS, and cost burden compared with patients with similar primary clinical condition, exposure risk, lead time of hospitalization, and baseline characteristics.