Performance of the Present-on-Admission Indicator for Clostridium difficile Infection

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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences; Clinical and Population Health Research Program

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Clinical Epidemiology | Epidemiology | Health Services Research


The performance of a hospital- and community-onset Clostridium difficile infection definition using administrative data with a present-on-admission indicator was compared with definitions using clinical surveillance. For hospital-onset C. difficile infection, there was moderate sensitivity (68%) and high specificity (93%); for community-onset, sensitivity and specificity were high (both 85%). Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015;00(0): 1-3.

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Citation: Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 Mar 20:1-3. Link to article on publisher's site

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Infection control and hospital epidemiology

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Co-author Christine Motzkus-Feagans is a doctoral student in the Clinical and Population Health Research Program in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at UMass Medical School.

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