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Patient Involvement in Healthcare-Associated Infection Research: A Lexical Review

  • Ann Dadich (a1) and Mary Wyer (a2)



This review examines patient involvement in healthcare-associated infection (HAI) research. Healthcare-associated infections represent an intractable issue with considerable implications for patients and staff. Participatory methodologies that involve patients in healthcare research are associated with myriad benefits.


Lexical review.


PubMed was searched to identify all publications on patient involvement in HAI research since 2000; publications were also identified from the cited references. A lexical analysis was conducted of the methods sections of 148 publications.


The findings reveal that HAI research that actively involves patients and members of the public is limited.


Patient involvement is largely limited to recruitment to HAI studies rather than extended to patient involvement in research design, implementation, analysis, and/or dissemination. As such, there is considerable opportunity to further this important research area via alternative methodologies that award primacy to patient expertise and agency.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018;39:710–717


Corresponding author

Address correspondence to Ann Dadich, PhD, School of Business, Western Sydney University, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South DC NSW, Australia 2751 (


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