Leading Practices in Antimicrobial Stewardship

As reported in the January 2020 issue of Perspectives (Volume 40, Number 1 available at The Joint Commission Perspectives), The Joint Commission’s Department of Research is implementing a new research study to evaluate the prevalence of leading practices in antimicrobial stewardship. The study seeks to understand the extent to which several leading practices are currently used related to antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) in Joint Commission–accredited hospitals. The leading practices that will be evaluated were identified by a panel of experts and represent effective, emerging interventions that complement, strengthen, or go beyond the traditional interventions conducted by ASPs. This study is supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Hospital participation is entirely voluntary; all information collected will be confidentially maintained and will not affect accreditation in any way. For more information, please contact .

Introduction to Health Services Research

According to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Health Services Research (HSR) is multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately, our health and well-being. Applied health services research provides data, evidence, and tools to make health care affordable, safe, effective, equitable, accessible, and patient-centered.

Collaborative Opportunities

We invite you to consider how The Joint Commission can enhance and extend research intended to improve safety and quality of care across a variety of settings. Depending on the nature of the project and your organization's desired level of involvement, The Joint Commission can undertake contract work or our organizations can jointly seek external funding.

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HSR staff have knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Healthcare epidemiology
  • Quality improvement
  • Performance measurement development
  • Reliability and validity assessment
  • Evaluation research
  • Implementation research
  • Multi-center studies
  • Cluster randomized trials
  • Questionnaire design and pretesting
  • Survey design
  • Implementation and analysis
  • Qualitative research methods and analysis
  • Data analysis (quantitative and qualitative)

Examples of past and current funders and collaborators:

  • Federal government (AHRQ, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid)
  • Foundations (Pew Charitable Trusts, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Commonwealth Fund, The California Endowment)
  • Professional associations (Oncology Nursing Society, American Society for Healthcare Risk Management)
  • Academia (University of Maryland, University of Iowa, University of Illinois at Chicago)