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Perceptions of an automated benchmarking dashboard for antimicrobial stewardship programs among antimicrobial stewards within the veterans' health administration: a multicenter qualitative study.
Jones D, Marra AR, Livorsi D, Perencevich E, Goto M. Perceptions of an automated benchmarking dashboard for antimicrobial stewardship programs among antimicrobial stewards within the veterans' health administration: a multicenter qualitative study. Antimicrobial stewardship & healthcare epidemiology : ASHE. 2023 Jul 10; 3(1):e118.
To evaluate the impact of a multicenter, try automated dashboard on ASP activities and its acceptance among ASP leaders.
Frontline stewards were asked to participate in semi-structured interviews before and after implementation of a web-based ASP information dashboard providing risk-adjusted benchmarking, longitudinal trends, and analysis of antimicrobial usage patterns at each facility.
The study was performed at Iowa City VA Health Care System.
ASP team members from nine medical centers in the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23).
Semi-structured interviews were conducted pre- and post-implementation, with interview guides informed by clinical experiences and the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR). Participants evaluated the dashboard's ease of use, applicability to ongoing ASP activities, perceived validity and reliability, and relative advantage over other ASP monitoring systems.
Compared to established stewardship data collection and reporting methods, participants found the dashboard more intuitive and accessible, allowing them to reduce dependence on other systems and staff to obtain and share data. Standardized and risk-adjusted rankings were largely accepted as a valuable benchmarking method; however, participants felt their facility's characteristics significantly influenced the rankings' validity. Participants recognized staffing, training, and uncertainty with using the dashboard as an intervention tool as barriers to consistent and comprehensive dashboard implementation.
Participants generally accepted the dashboard's risk-adjusted metrics and appreciated its usability. While creating automated tools to rigorously benchmark antimicrobial use across hospitals can be helpful, the displayed metrics require further validation, and the longitudinal utility of the dashboard warrants additional study.