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Public Reporting of Hospital-Acquired Infections Is Not Associated with Improved Processes or Outcomes

  • Darren R. Linkin (a1) (a2) (a3), Neil O. Fishman (a1) (a2), Judy A. Shea (a1) (a4), Wei Yang (a3) (a5), Mark S. Cary (a5) and Ebbing Lautenbach (a1) (a2) (a3) (a5)...

Abstract

Most US states have enacted or are considering legislation mandating hospitals to publicly report hospital-acquired infection (HAI) rates. We conducted a survey of infection control professionals and found that state-legislated public reporting of HAIs is not associated with perceived improvements in infection prevention program process measures or HAI rates.

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Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia VAMC, Department of Medicine, 3900 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (dlinkin@gmail.com)

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