CDC Analysis Finds Unique Social and Behavior Intervention Helps Reduce MRSA Rates Up To 62 Percent

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Press Release, March 21, 2009

“Positive Deviance” Efforts Turn the Tide on Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Plexus Institute (Plexus) today announced results from an analysis of a multifaceted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) prevention program that employed positive deviance (PD), a novel approach to social and behavioral change, to trigger significant reductions in MRSA incidence ranging from 26 to 62 percent at participating hospitals. In addition, as MRSA rates dropped, the hospitals saw a decline in the proportion of Staphylococcus aureus infections caused by methicillin-resistant bacteria, signifying that hospitals can make headway in the fight against drug-resistant “superbugs.”

See also:
RWJF Final Report on PD MRSA Prevention Partnership
Source: Curt Lindberg, Jon Lloyd, Prucia Buscell, Plexus Institute, October 2008

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