Improving Surveillance for Pediatric Clostridium difficile Infection Derivation and Validation of an Accurate Case-finding Tool
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
(Impact Factor: 2.72).
11/2010; 30(3):e38-40. DOI: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3182027c22
The incidence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is increasing. Multicenter studies of CDI have been limited by the lack of valid case-finding tools. To facilitate pediatric studies of CDI, we constructed a case-finding tool using administrative data.
A cross-sectional study was performed using the Pediatric Health Information System database and microbiologic data from 4 member hospitals. Using patients with laboratory-confirmed CDI as the standard, we determined the sensitivity, specificity, positive (PPV), and negative (NPV) predictive value of an ICD-9-CM code for identifying children with laboratory-confirmed CDI.
We identified 109 patients with laboratory-confirmed CDI and 119 patients with CDI ICD-9-CM code. The sensitivity, specificity, PPV, and NPV were 80.73%, 99.89%, 73.95%, and 99.92%, respectively, for this comparison. The addition of a billing charge for both C. difficile laboratory test and treatment medication to the ICD-9-CM code increased the specificity and PPV, but resulted in a slight decrease in the sensitivity and NPV. The use of administrative data for identifying pediatric cases of CDI was also compared with that of chart review, and was found to be a stronger surrogate for identifying cases of CDI when compared with microbiology data alone.
These results demonstrate that the use of administrative data for CDI is a reliable and accurate method for identifying pediatric patients with CDI. The use of administrative data could facilitate the completion of larger studies due to its greater accessibility and reduced costs.
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ABSTRACT: Nationally representative, non-experimental studies evaluating the clinical effectiveness, safety, and variation in in-hospital therapeutic practices are remarkably few in number. A primary obstacle contributing to this deficiency has been the lack of nationally representative in-hospital data and the laborious efforts necessary to establish such cohorts. The development over the past decade of what we term administrative “plus” databases, which contain far more detailed clinical information regarding inpatient care than is contained in typical administrative discharge data, has changed the analytic landscape for conducting such studies. Two of these databases, the Pediatric Health Information Systems Database and the Premier Perspective™ Database, are discussed in detail. This chapter reviews the strengths, limitations, and future prospects for each and provides examples of published studies that have used these valuable resources.
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Lengthier antimicrobial therapy is associated with increased costs, antimicrobial resistance, and adverse drug events. Therefore, establishing minimum effective antimicrobial treatment durations is an important public health goal. The optimal treatment duration and current treatment patterns for urinary tract infection (UTI) in men are unknown. We used Veterans Affairs administrative data to study male UTI treatment and outcomes.
Male UTI episodes in the Veterans Affairs system (fiscal year 2009) were identified by combining International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision codes with UTI-relevant antimicrobial prescriptions. Episodes were categorized as index, early recurrence (<30 days), or late recurrence (≥30 days) cases. Drug name, treatment duration, and outcomes (recurrence and Clostridium difficile infection during 12 months) were recorded for index cases. Demographic, clinical, and treatment characteristics were assessed for associations with outcomes in univariate and multivariate analyses.
Among 4 854 765 outpatient male veterans, 39 149 UTI episodes involving 33 336 unique patients were identified, including 33 336 index cases (85.2%), 1772 early recurrences (4.5%), and 4041 late recurrences (10.3%). Highest-use antimicrobial agents were ciprofloxacin (62.7%) and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (26.8%); 35.0% of patients received shorter-duration treatment (≤7 days), and 65.0% of patients received longer-duration treatment (>7 days). Of the index cases, 4.1% were followed by early recurrence and 9.9% by late recurrence. Longer-duration treatment was not associated with a reduction in early or late recurrence but was associated with increased late recurrence compared with shorter-duration treatment (10.8% vs 8.4%, P < .001), including in multivariate analysis (odds ratio, 1.20; 95% CI, 1.10-1.30). In addition, C difficile infection risk was significantly higher with longer-duration vs shorter-duration treatment (0.5% vs 0.3%, P = .02) and exhibited a similar suggestive trend in multivariate analysis (odds ratio, 1.42; 95% CI, 0.97-2.07).
Longer-duration treatment (>7 days) for male UTI in the outpatient setting was associated with no reduction in early or late recurrence.
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