123 Recent Advances in the Study of Healthcare-Related Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Sunday, March 21, 2010: 2:00 PM-3:30 PM
International North-South (Hyatt Regency Atlanta)
CME Credits: 1.50
Type: Oral
Summary: In this session new epidemiological tools will be presented that may have direct application in data analysis and interpretation. Recently highly sophisticated analytical methods have been introduced in hospital epidemiology, for instance, mathematical modeling and Monte Carlo Markov Chain techniques. Faculty will discuss the application of these techniques with real-life examples. In the first presentation, faculty will address the critical role of staffing levels in controlling the spread of antibiotic resistant pathogens. In the second lecture faculty will present the abundance of (hidden) information to be derived from surveillance studies. Finally, the session will address propensity scoring techniques. It is difficult to demonstrate causality in observational studies, as patients without exposure to risk factors, or with or without endpoints may differ in many respects. Propensity scoring methods may reduce such confounding effects. In this session, faculty will explain and illustrate the principles of propensity scoring.
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Co-Organized by:
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)
Anthony Harris, MD, MPH and Terrie Lee, RN, MS, MPH
2:00 PM
Vectorial Behavior of Healthcare Workers
M.C.J. (Martin) Bootsma, PhD, Utrecht University
2:30 PM
Getting the Most Out of Microbiological Surveillance
Ben S. Cooper, BSc, MSc, PhD, Mahidol University Tropical Medicine Research Unit
3:00 PM
The Use of Propensity Scores in Etiological Research
Til Stürmer, MD, MPH, University of North Carolina, Gillings School of Global Public Health