The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has sought to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by investing in research and implementation projects. Synthesizing the results of these HAI projects, Daniel Weinberg co-authored the introduction to "From Science to Implementation: AHRQ's Program to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections - Results and Lessons Learned." The main goals of this project were to examine and circulate the results and lessons of AHRQ's funded research, as well as to identify areas of HAI knowledge needing continued study.
This joint project between IMPAQ International and the RAND Corporation used information from various AHRQ-funded projects, such as final reports, peer-reviewed literature, and HAI prevention toolkits. Researchers also conducted interviews with project teams, and reviewed AHRQ's methods-focused publication, Advances in the Prevention and Control of HAIs.
The articles in this volume of the American Journal of Infection Control contain the findings of AHRQ-funded HAI projects. Weinberg and his coauthors believe that this collection offers a wide range of important information from HAI studies, as well as insight into opportunities to confront the present HAI problem.