Leadership and management for infection prevention and control. What do we have and what do we need?

Gould, D.J. et al. The Journal of Hospital Infection. Published online: 16 July 2016

chess-316658_960_720Leadership is widely considered to be vital for infection prevention and control (IPC).1 Its purpose is to maintain progress reducing risks of healthcare-associated infections especially those caused by antimicrobial-resistant organisms, and to achieve continuous quality improvement.2 But given its importance there is little rigorous research on effective leadership for IPC. While there is indirect evidence that IPC experts and clinicians working at the frontline of patient care can assume leadership, almost nothing has been written about IPC leadership at senior level.

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