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Communicating the risk of MRSA: the role of clinical practice, regulation and other policies in five European countries

Dickmann, Petra, Keeping, Sam, Döring, Nora, Schmidt, Andrea E., Binder, Claudia, Arino-Blasco, Sergio and Gil, Joan (2017) Communicating the risk of MRSA: the role of clinical practice, regulation and other policies in five European countries. Frontiers in Public Health, 5 (44). ISSN 2296-2565

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Identification Number: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00044


Background: The threat posed by Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has taken on an increasingly pan-European dimension. This article aims to provide an overview of the different approaches to the control of MRSA adopted in five European countries (Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and the UK) and discusses data and reporting mechanisms, regulations, guidelines, and health policy approaches with a focus on risk communication. Our hypothesis is that current infection control practices in different European countries are implicit messages that contribute to the health-related risk communication and subsequently to the public perception of risk posed by MRSA. A reporting template was used to systematically collect information from each country. Discussion: Large variation in approaches was observed between countries. However, there were a number of consistent themes relevant to the communication of key information regarding MRSA, including misleading messages, inconsistencies in content and application of published guidelines, and frictions between the official communication and their adoption on provider level. Summary: The variability of recommendations within, and across, countries could be contributing to the perception of inconsistency. Having inconsistent guidelines and practices in place may also be affecting the level at which recommended behaviors are adopted. The discrepancy between the official, explicit health messages around MRSA and the implicit messages stemming from the performance of infection control measures should, therefore, be a key target for those wishing to improve risk communication.

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors CC BY 4.0
Divisions: LSE Health
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2017 13:21
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 03:07
Projects: Grant Agreement 242058, EUCBB (European Union Cross Border Care Collaboration).
Funders: Commission 7th Framework Programme FP7—2007-2013

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