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Physicians Say MRSA is a Significant Hospital and Outpatient Problem


MRSA Study
Overwhelming Majority Believe New Drugs Lagging Behind Progression of MRSA

Flemington, NJ, February 12, 2008 – A national study among 302 physicians revealed that while a clear majority of physicians (80%) believe that MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a significant hospital and outpatient problem, more than half (53%) are not in favor of mandatory reporting of MRSA infections.

The communications research study was conducted by HCD Research, using its mediacurves.com web site, during January 24 – February 11, to obtain physicians’ views on a video clip from CNN in which a reporter discusses the progression of MRSA among unhealthy and healthy human beings.

While viewing the video segment, physicians indicated their levels of agreement by moving their mouse from left to right on a continuum. The responses were recorded in quarter-second intervals and reported in the form of curves. Participants were also asked questions regarding MRSA. To view agreement curves and detailed results, go to: www.mediacurves.com 

Among the findings:

  • A clear majority of physicians (80%) reported that MRSA is a significant hospital and outpatient problem, compared to 10% who reported that it was an over-rated problem, and 10% who reported that it was a significant hospital problem.
     
  • More than half of physicians (53%) indicated that they “are not” in favor of an upcoming bill in California that would make MRSA a reportable disease and require hospitals and nursing homes to report infection rates, while 47% reported that they were in favor of mandatory reporting.
     
  • A majority of physicians (78%) reported that the development of new antibiotics is lagging behind the progression of MRSA, while 22% reported that the development of antibiotics is not lagging behind the progression of MRSA.

The Media Curves web site provides the media and general public with a venue to view Americans’ perceptions of popular and controversial media events and advertisements.
  
Editors/Reporters: For more information on the study, or to speak with Glenn Kessler, president and CEO, HCD Research, please contact Vince McGourty, HCD Research, at (908) 483-9121 or (vince.mcgourty@hcdi.net).

HCD Research is a communications research company headquartered in Flemington, NJ.  The company's services include traditional and web-based marketing and communications research.  For additional information on HCD Research, access the company’s web site at www.hcdi.net or call HCD Research at 908-788-9393.

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by DEVLSHDAMSEL (User #100009) on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 @ 12:11:49 PM (#514)
I honestly believe this.....I think I may have it and am going to a dermatologist to find out next week. I cant believe this! I was in the hospital for 5 days in october......I think thats where I got it. They've been saying for years that by using all these antibiotics we're creating "superbugs" I believe it!
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by chrisgbolen (User #261472) on Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 12:27:02 AM (#7596)
Overuse of antiobiotics is out of contol creating superbugs.this needs to be monitered and controlled and pharmcutical companies have to put greed aside for non profitable new better antibiotics created for good of mankind.
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by arubame (User #67383) on Thursday, February 21, 2008 @ 2:50:10 PM (#518)
having a child who participates in wrestling it is an everyday concern that he will pick up mrsa in the lockerroom, on the mats, etc. we have to be educated, and pass along this education, on how to prevent the spread of mrsa, how it can be contracted, etc.
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by carolyndancliff (User #64304) on Thursday, February 21, 2008 @ 11:01:49 PM (#522)
I believe that this MRSA problem is only the beginning of the superbug problems that are going to exist on this earth. A large part of the problem has come from the over use of antibiotics. When I was young I had problems with my tonsiles and remember being given penacelian every time I was taken to the doctor for a sore throat, which was quite offten. I would imagine that I have developed a tolerance to it.. I think we are seeing a turn around on the over use of antibotics. At least I hope so. I am also wondering about all of the antibitoic soaps that we use now. Could they be part of the problem?
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by etterby57 (User #100136) on Thursday, February 28, 2008 @ 1:23:19 AM (#531)
Mrsa is now the new superbug. My 2 year old grand daughter has now had it twice. Why??? She has been pocked,prodded,drained, all very painful. How did she get it??? No hospital stays except when she got the first case, nothing the second either. why does she have to suffer with this. She has had antibiotics and cream but why did it come back??
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by kathyandjerryc (User #207071) on Friday, February 29, 2008 @ 6:19:59 PM (#536)
My mother passed away from MRSA in March 2005. I have a skin disease which keeps my skin thin and dry with cracks. I am horrified when I have to go to the hospital.
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by just1fyd (User #207708) on Sunday, March 9, 2008 @ 10:33:54 PM (#564)
This is definitely a huge problem, more so for the health care workers in the hospitals. Some individuals are not educated enough to know the horrible effects of this and they often walk out of the room not properly covered. It is a horrible for them to be exposed to something that the facility should educate all healthcare workers on.
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by itsmepanda (User #206624) on Monday, March 10, 2008 @ 9:15:04 PM (#572)
I'm not sure why more than half of the physician's polled were not in favor of reporting cases of MRSA.
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by number_1_gramma43 (User #207282) on Monday, March 17, 2008 @ 2:45:24 PM (#596)
I think MRSA should be made more known so people can take precautions.
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by dollyeo (User #209185) on Friday, May 9, 2008 @ 12:23:10 PM (#702)
I have noticed some markets now how wipes located outside the door for your use in cleaning the handles of the carts, etc. wiping your hands and being sanitary in general. I wish all markets would do this, along with drugstore, etc. any place that has shopping carts. This is a very dangerous bug and we need to try to prevent it any way we can
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