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

Health care-associated infections are normally defined as infections that affect patients in a hospital or other health-care facility, and are not present or incubating at the time of admission. They also include infections acquired by patients in the hospital or facility but appearing after discharge, and occupational infections among staff. Health care-associated infections, or infections acquired in health-care settings are the most frequent adverse event in health-care delivery worldwide. Health care associated infection (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.

We are conducting a survey on what research on HCAI should investigate. Before you complete the survey it is important you understand why you have been asked to take part and what it will involve. Please take time to read the information and contact us if you do not understand or need more information.

Why is this survey important?

There are a number of different prevention, identification and treatment options for HCAI. It is important that we undertake research 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.

Survey link

You can access the survey by clicking here.