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Top research priorities in healthcare-associated infection in the UK

Wilson, P; Gurusamy, KS; Morley, R; Whiting, C; Maeso, B; FitzGerald, G; Bennett, S; ... Tingle, A; + view all (2019) Top research priorities in healthcare-associated infection in the UK. Journal of Hospital Infection , 103 (4) pp. 382-287. 10.1016/j.jhin.2019.08.013. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: There is a mismatch between research questions which are considered to be important by patients, carers and healthcare professionals and the research performed in many fields of medicine. No relevant studies which have assessed research priorities in healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) that have involved patients' and carers' opinions were identified in the literature. / Aim: The Healthcare-Associated Infections Priority Setting Partnership was established to identify the top research priorities in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HCAI in the UK, considering the opinions of all these groups. / Methods: The methods broadly followed the principles of the James Lind Alliance (JLA) priority setting activity. / Findings: In total, 259 unique valid research questions were identified from 221 valid responses to a consultation of patients, carers and healthcare professionals after seeking their opinions for research priorities. The steering committee of the priority setting partnership rationalized these to 50 unique questions. A literature review established that for these questions there were no recent high-quality systematic reviews, high-quality systematic reviews which concluded that further studies were necessary, or the steering committee considered that further research was required despite the conclusions of recent systematic reviews. An interim survey ranked the 50 questions, and the 10 main research priorities were identified from the top 32 questions by consensus at a final priority setting workshop of patients, carers and healthcare professionals using group discussions. / Conclusions: A priority setting process using JLA methods and principles involving patients, carers and healthcare professionals was used to identify the top 10 priority areas for research related to HCAI. Basic, translational, clinical and public health research would be required to address these uncertainties.

Type: Article
Title: Top research priorities in healthcare-associated infection in the UK
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2019.08.013
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2019.08.013
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Antibiotic resistance, Antimicrobial resistance, Healthcare-associated infections, Point-of-care testing, Research priorities
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Surgical Biotechnology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10083685
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