The Hospital Epidemiology Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center has research activities ranging from traditional epidemiologic studies of infection control risk factors and outcomes, to intervention trials of infection control policies and procedures. The primary goal of the research program is to improve patient safety by reducing the risk of healthcare-associated infections. Observational studies can be carried out utilizing infection control surveillance data, clinical microbiology data, and a robust hospital-based clinical database, which can be queried electronically. Previous and ongoing projects have studied patient-oriented and systems-based factors associated with transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms, device-related infections, and procedure-related infections. In addition, the program has the potential for performing individual and cluster randomized trials of infection control interventions at Weill Cornell Medicine and in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center. Funding for the research program currently includes a five-year grant from the New York State Department of Health. Fellows, residents and students interested in epidemiologic research can choose from a wide variety of large or small projects depending on their needs.
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