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Lack of funding a problem for infection control programs

A study published in the April 2011 issue of the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology [1] journal found that lack of funding is an obstacle for healthcare organizations wishing to implement an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP).

Researchers distributed a survey to all members of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Emerging Infections Network (IDSA EIN) and received 522 responses. Seventy-three percent reported that their facilities have an ASP or are planning to create one, compared to only 50% in a similar survey done 10 years ago

The study found that 52% of respondents with an ASP reported that physicians working with infectious diseases did not receive payment for participating in the infection control programs, compared to 15% receiving payment 10 years ago.

The study concluded that lack of funding and workers remain an obstacle and hinder the implementation of more ASPs.