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Infectious Disease

Infectious diseases are responsible for a wide variety of illnesses that are generally caused by four specific mechanisms: fungal, bacterial, parasitic, and viral. Some infectious diseases can be passed from person to person, while some are transmitted through contact. For example, COVID-19 and seasonal influenza (flu) are typically transmitted through airborne droplets (coughing, sneezing) from someone who already has the illness. Lyme disease is caused by a parasite and can only be transmitted by a bite from a tick carrying that parasite. Many infectious diseases can be prevented with vaccines, and others with simple measures such as regular handwashing.

VA health services researchers look at various aspects of infectious disease, including prevention of transmission in VA facilities; improving Veterans’ overall health to promote resistance to infection; and curbing the overuse of antibiotics.

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(5 of more than 48 INFECTIOUS DISEASE focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 2 INFECTIOUS DISEASE focused publication briefs)

  • Journal Features VA Research on Combating Multi-drug Resistant Organisms Posing Public Health Threat
    As an integrated healthcare system with acute care, community living centers, and community-based outpatient clinics, VA provides an ideal setting in which to study multi-drug resistant organism prevention and make a significant impact. Thus, a group of HSR&D infectious disease researchers and operations partners convened in Iowa City, IA, in September 2016. Conference participants included expert...
    Date: February 8, 2018
  • Veterans with HIV Treated at Clinics with Integrated Specialty Services More Likely to Achieve Better Outcomes
    The most common way HIV clinics address patients with comorbidities is by integrating non-infectious disease providers (e.g., psychiatrists and social workers) into HIV primary care. This retrospective cohort study evaluated the association between Integrated HIV Care and patient outcomes among 1018 Veterans with HIV who received care at five VA facilities from 2000-2006. Findings show that Veter...
    Date: May 1, 2009

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( 5 of more than 16 INFECTIOUS DISEASE focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
IIR 16-025 Less is More: Improving Antimicrobial Stewardship for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria Trautner, Barbara 2018-02-01
SDR 18-148 Improving Colonoscopy Quality for Colorectal Cancer Screening in the National VA Healthcare System Gawron, Andrew 2018-02-01
CDA 16-204 Improving antimicrobial use at hospitals that lack infectious disease specialists Livorsi, Daniel 2017-10-01
CRE 12-291 Checklist to Prevent MRSA Surgical Site Infections Perencevich, Eli 2014-04-01
IIR 12-385 Integrating HIV Care in VA: Extending PACT Principles to Specialty Care Bokhour, Barbara 2014-02-01

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The most recent "Infectious Disease" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
2/25/2021 Leveraging VA Text Note Data for Quality Measurement: A Case Study of a Novel Measurement Tool for Cardiac Device Procedures Branch-Elliman, Westyn  
Mull, Hillary  
8/16/2017 Implicit and Explicit Cognition in Crossing the Consciousness Divide Rubin, Michael  
Roosan, Don  
Jones, Makoto  
9/13/2016 Using Meta-Analyses to Inform Interventions and Quality Improvement Schweizer, Marin  
3/9/2015 Social Media: Part 1) From Personal to Public Health & Part 2) A Press Release is not Enough (follow-up session) Perencevich, Eli  
Frakt, Austin  

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