Outcomes and Recommendations from six years of HAI Health Services Research

Emily J Bailey1, Lisa Hall1, Nicholas Graves1.

1 Centre of Research Excellence in Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Corresponding Author: E5.bailey@qut.edu.au


To continually improve infection prevention policy and practice, decision makers need good quality, relevant evidence.  One strategy to improve the provision and utility of high quality evidence is through large program based funding rather than small project based grants.

The Centre of Research Excellence in Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections (CRE-RHAI) was established through a large, competitively funded, grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in 2012. The Centre has taken a health services research approach to the problem of healthcare associated infection prevention.

Research topics were driven by gaps in the infection prevention literature and stakeholder priorities and covered topics including as antimicrobial stewardship, surveillance, environmental cleaning, decision-making, and cost-effectiveness of infection prevention strategies. A key focus was on integrating a diverse range of methods including epidemiology, health economics, qualitative research and mathematical modelling.  A cohort model for PhD student development was established, enabling peer-to-peer feedback and collaboration along with a structured set of activities to develop strong generic, transferable, research skills with a health services focus.

This presentation will discuss the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of the CRE-RHAI and the challenges experienced in six years of focused research, and will present an overview of recommendations based on the CRE-RHAI’s findings. Recommendations for policy, practice and future research have been prioritised based on stakeholder feedback, and will be available for distribution as a white paper.

The Centre of Research Excellence in Reducing Healthcare Associated Infection was funded through NHMRC grant 1030103. Information presented is the responsibility of the researchers and does not represent the opinions of the NHMRC.

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