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Report looks at advances in HAI prevention and how to improve

August 21, 2014

National improvement campaigns to reduce health care-associated infections are demonstrating promising results, but need to become more efficient and effective, according to a new paper by AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate. “We believe that HAI reduction efforts will improve if leaders view their efforts as ‘managing’ the spread of change in health care rather than ‘promoting’ it,” concludes author Stephen Hines, HRET chief research officer. “Focusing on the management of change calls greater attention to the critical issue of which changes will lead to substantial improvements.” Part of a larger report on advances in HAI prevention released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the paper shares insights from four AHRQ-funded projects led by HRET. “AHRQ’s support of large national improvement projects has both reduced HAIs and yielded important insights into how national campaigns can become more effective and efficient,” Hines said. “HRET is working very hard to apply these lessons to the campaigns we are leading for AHRQ and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.”