We are conducting electronic chart audits followed by more in-depth manual audits to increase our understanding of CA-MRSA diagnosis, treatments, and documentation. This will help us develop real-world sustainable strategies consistent with the CDC guidelines that busy primary care practices can adopt.
This project was conducted from September 1, 2008, through March 31, 2010.
This study is complete.
For additional information about this study, please contact:
Data Systems Analyst
AAFP National Research Network
Findings indicate that the intervention used in this study resulted in increased use of antibiotics, including antibiotics that typically cover MRSA strains, but did not demonstrate increased rates of recommended drainage procedures.
Access the complete manuscripts:
A Toolkit to Improve the Treatment of CA-MRSA.(4 page PDF) Stewart EE, Fernald D, Staton EW, et al. Fam Pract Manag. 2012 Sept-Oct;19(5)21-24. (PDF 4 pages)
Improving the Management of Skin and Soft Tissue Infections in Primary Care.(9 page PDF) A report from the State Networks of Colorado Ambulatory Practices and Partners (SNOCAP-USA) and the Distributed Ambulatory Research in Therapeutics Network (DARTNet). Parnes B, Fernald D, Coombs L, et al. J Am Board Fam Med. 2011;24(5):534-542. (PDF 5 pages)
This project is funded by a grant from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
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CA-MRSA Infections - Management by Primary Care Clinicians of Patients Suspected of Having Community-Acquired, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections