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Strengthening frontline clinicians' infection control: A multi method study to reduce MRSA infection and transmission

Funding or Partner Organisation: National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC Project Grants)

Start year: 2011

Summary: This innovative project seeks to change health care worker (`HCW') beliefs and practices about infection control in order to lower hospital-acquired infection (`HAI') rates. This aim is realized by: - continuous surveillance of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (`MRSA') colonization and infection rates; rapid identification, by routine strain typing, and rapid reporting of MRSA transmission events, and - providing feedback to frontline clinicians combining MRSA reporting with `video reflexive ethnography' and hand-washing audit data targeting HCWs' infection control awareness.

FOR Codes: Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified, Health not elsewhere classified, Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences, Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response), Communication and Media Studies, Public health not elsewhere classified, Expanding knowledge in the health sciences, Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified