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Of Models and Methods: Our Analytic Armamentarium Applied to Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Eli N. Perencevich , MD, MS and David M. Hartley , PhD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 26, No. 7 (July 2005), pp. 594-597
DOI: 10.1086/502587
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/502587
Page Count: 4
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Of Models and Methods: Our Analytic Armamentarium Applied to Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
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Abstract

EXCERPT To study, and when the occasion arises to put what one has learned into practice—is that not deeply satisfying? ‐Confucius, The Analects The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers. ‐R. W. Hamming Pandemic Staphylococcus aureus and methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) emerged as serious nosocomial pathogens years ago.1 Despite considerable attention in the literature and in clinical practice, the problem continues unabated. MRSA‐associated morbidity and mortality is, in fact, increasing, as are the associated healthcare costs. This issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology contains four studies that explore nosocomial S. aureus and MRSA, approaching the problem using a variety of methodologies including a quasi‐experimental design, a case–control study, a cohort study, and mathematical models.2‐5 The diversity of approaches illustrates the impressive armamentarium at our disposal to meet the challenge of understanding the epidemiology of nosocomial infections. Furthermore, it highlights the challenges to hospital epidemiologists, who constantly face new data to interpret and incorporate into practice.

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