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Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2015 Jan;81(1):57-9. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2014.10.005. Epub 2014 Oct 25.

Unmet diagnostic needs in infectious disease.

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1
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Electronic address: anne.blaschke@hsc.utah.edu.
2
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
3
Department of Internal Medicine, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
4
Departments of Internal Medicine and Pathology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Electronic address: kim.hanson@hsc.utah.edu.

Abstract

Accurate diagnosis is critical to providing appropriate care in infectious diseases (ID). New technologies for infectious disease diagnostics are emerging, but gaps remain in test development and availability. The Emerging Infections Network surveyed ID physicians to assess unmet diagnostic needs. Responses reflected the urgent need to identify drug-resistant infections and highlighted the potential for early diagnosis to improve antibiotic stewardship. Information gained from this survey can help inform recommendations for new diagnostic test development in the future.

KEYWORDS:

Emerging Infections Network; Infectious disease; Rapid diagnostics; Survey; Unmet diagnostic needs

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