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Am J Infect Control. 2014 Feb;42(2):209-11. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2013.07.018. Epub 2013 Dec 17.

The role of infection prevention conferences to build and maintain knowledge-sharing networks: a longitudinal evaluation.

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1
Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY. Electronic address: tim.wiemken@louisville.edu.
2
Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY.

Abstract

Well-connected knowledge-sharing networks (KSNs) of infection preventionists are vital to the profession. Face-to-face networking during conferences is considered critical to build and maintain KSNs; however, this has never been formally studied. We used a pre-post survey design to evaluate the effect of a regional infection prevention meeting on the KSNs. We found that the meeting did not alter the KSNs of infection preventionists. Current meeting structures should be re-evaluated with a goal to improve KSNs.

KEYWORDS:

Conference; Health care-associated infections; Infection control; Public health; Social network

PMID:
24355491
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2013.07.018
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