The usefulness of a conceptual model in the study of the efficacy of infection surveillance and control programs

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To identify characteristics and activities that should be studied in evaluating the efficacy of infection surveillance and control programs (ISCPs), we developed a conceptual model for use in designing the data collection forms and analytic strategies for the Study on the Efficacy of Nosocomial Infection Control. The model emphasizes the prevention of infection by improving patient-care practices. From information collected during the hospital interview survey, we found substantial gaps between what should be practiced and what is; moreover, hospitals varied substantially in their approaches to improving these practices. The model and these diverse findings suggest ways in which hospitals can improve their ISCPs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)775-782
Number of pages8
JournalReviews of infectious diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1981


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  • Microbiology (medical)

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