Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology

Special Feature

History of SHEA-Sponsored Research: Time to Pass the Torch

Bryan Simmonsa1 c1, Barbara I. Brauna2, James P. Steinberga3 and Stephen B. Kritchevskya4a5

a1 Infection Prevention Department, Methodist Healthcare, Memphis, Tennessee

a2 Division of Quality Measurement and Research, The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

a3 Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

a4 Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

a5 J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Since its inception, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has promoted research into prevention of adverse events in hospitals. In 1995, SHEA made this mission concrete by initiating a collaborative research project with the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organization (now known as the Joint Commission). In the early 1990s, the Joint Commission was implementing its “Agenda for Change” and associated Indicator Monitoring System. At the time, there were numerous competing measurement systems that used different definitions, all aimed at measuring the quality of patient care, and many had indicators measuring the incidence of hospital-acquired infections. Some of these indicators used administrative data, such as International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes, to measure adverse events.

(Received July 20 2010)

(Accepted August 02 2010)


c1 Infection Prevention Department, Methodist Healthcare, 1211 Union Avenue, Suite 811 MPB, Memphis, TN 38104 (