Table 1

Checklist of criteria for assessing the quality of MRSA prevalence surveys

Number

Name

Content


1

Outcome definition

Was a valid definition given of the outcome for prevalence, colonization and infection?

2

Time unit

Was the endpoint calculated for a standardized time unit (daily, monthly, yearly)?

3

Target population

Was the target population specified by inclusion or eligibility criteria?

4

Participants

Was the number of included cases reported, e.g. by describing the numbers and reasons for non-participation?

5

Observer bias

Were sources of potential imprecision reported and/or have consequences been discussed?

6

Screening procedure

Were measures described that had been undertaken for standardization of screening measurements?

7

Swabbing sites

Have routine surveillance cultures included the anterior nares (or nostrils or nose) and the throat?


Dulon et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2011 11:138   doi:10.1186/1471-2334-11-138

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