Have your say about what research is important and help keep research into healthcare associated infections in the spotlight

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James Lind Alliance - Priority Setting Partnership (Healthcare associated infections)

Your opportunity to select the top ten priorities for research

Healthcare-associated infections (HCAI) are normally defined as infections that affect patients in a hospital or other healthcare facility, and are not present or incubating at the time of admission. They also include infections acquired by patients in the hospital or facility that appear after discharge, and occupational infections among healthcare professionals. HCAIs are the most frequent adverse event in healthcare delivery worldwide. HCAI is believed to cost the NHS at least £1bn annually and causes at least 5000 deaths every year. Many patients’ hospital stays are prolonged having a major impact on them and their families.

There are a number of different prevention, identification and treatment options for HCAI. It is important that we undertake research to try to understand which of these are effective and make a difference to those affected. Research should focus on questions that are important to people with, or at high risk of, HCAI, those who care for them and healthcare professionals who treat, identify and try to prevent infections.

We collected more than 250 questions from the initial survey. The committee which included patient representatives and clinicians has narrowed this down to 50 questions. In the second survey, your response will help us to identify the importance of these questions to you or the group of people you represent. We are focussing on identification, prevention and treatment of HCAI. This encompasses, for example, blood stream, chest, wound or urinary tract infections, infections related to the use of catheters or other devices and hospital cleanliness. The use of antimicrobials is also very important, as is antimicrobial resistance, such as in the case of MRSA.

You can either complete the survey online here or return the downloadable excel file attached to Dr Kurinchi Gurusamy (k.gurusamy@ucl.ac.uk) with the subject: “JLA HCAI completed second survey”.

Whichever method you choose, for each question, you have to indicate whether the question falls within the top-10 questions that you want to be researched. If it falls within the top-10 questions, you have to rank them in the order of importance from 1 to 10 with '1' indicating that the question is the most important question that you want to be researched, '2' indicating that the question is the second most important question that you want to be researched, and so on. If the question is not important, you can either leave it blank or choose the option 'Not a top-10 research question'.

You can change your choice any time until you submit. There is also an option 'May be important'. This is only to help you in the process of ranking until you have made the final decision. It is important to note that if you leave the choice as 'May be important' at the time of submission will be treated in the same way as 'Not a top-10 research question'

The closing date for completing the survey is 30th June 2018

Email: Dr Kurinchi Gurusamy

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James Lind Alliance - Priority Setting Partnership (Healthcare associated infections)