Management by Primary Care Clinicians of Patients Suspected of Having Community-Acquired, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus ( CA – MRSA ) Infections

This will (1) identify and evaluate best methods and procedures for primary care practices to follow in managing patients suspected of having community acquired methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infections and (2) disseminate widely those strategies found to be effective, efficient, and sustainable. The research will conduct a quasi-experimental interrupted time series analysis in nine primary care practices to evaluate the impact of a bundled group of interventions to improve the diagnosis and management of suspected CA-MRSA. The study employs both traditional quality improvement methods and components of “Best Practices Research” to effectively and efficiently identify feasible practice-level changes that improve care for those patients with suspected CA-MRSA infections.

Principal Investigator: Philip D. Sloane, M.D., M.P.H.

Primary Funding Source: AHRQ

Total Project Period: 9/1/08 – 1/28/12