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dc.contributor.advisorHenderson, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorCrocker, Alysha
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-21T21:25:47Z
dc.date.available2017-04-21T21:25:47Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.date.submitted2017en
dc.identifier.citationCrocker, A. (2017). Clostridium difficile infection incidence and mortality in Alberta (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. doi:10.11575/PRISM/25336en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11023/3709
dc.description.abstractClostridium difficile infection (CDI) is the leading cause of hospital-acquired diarrhea. It causes significant morbidity and mortality, manifesting in life threatening conditions such as pseudomembranous colitis. This study determined the incidence of CDI in Alberta, investigated risk factors associated with mortality amongst Alberta CDI patients, and investigated the inter-rater reliability between the Death Attribution Rules for Patients Infected by C. difficile (DARPIC) algorithm and IPC physicians. Incidence of CDI in Alberta hospitals, continuing care facilities, and the community provided a comprehensive understanding of CDI in Alberta. Although CDI is predominantly a nosocomial infection, 47% of the CDI cases identified in this study occurred in the community. Risk factors for mortality amongst hospitalized CDI patients were increasing age and comorbidity count, liver disease, and metastatic solid tumour. Attributing death to CDI is difficult and opinions vary by clinicians, to accurately and consistently report attributable CDI mortality a standardized approach is necessary.en_US
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.
dc.subjectEducation--Health
dc.subjectEducation--Sciences
dc.subjectBiostatistics
dc.subjectMicrobiology
dc.subjectEpidemiology
dc.subjectMedicine and Surgery
dc.subjectPublic Health
dc.subject.otherClostridium difficile
dc.subject.otherC. difficile infection
dc.subject.otherAlberta
dc.subject.otherincidence
dc.subject.othermortality
dc.subject.otherdeath
dc.subject.otherrisk factors
dc.titleClostridium difficile infection incidence and mortality in Alberta
dc.typemaster thesis
dc.publisher.facultyGraduate Studies
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/25336
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
thesis.degree.nameMS
thesis.degree.nameMSc
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunity Health Sciences
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgary
atmire.migration.oldid5443
dc.contributor.committeememberHenderson, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.committeememberSmith, Stephanie
dc.contributor.committeememberBarkema, Herman
dc.contributor.committeememberChandran, Uma
dc.contributor.committeememberKim, Joseph
dc.contributor.committeememberVicker, David
dc.publisher.placeCalgaryen
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