Outpatient C. difficile may be more common than thought, study results indicate

California hospitals detected a high incidence of Clostridioides difficile infection among outpatients treated for diarrhea despite a low rate of testing, suggesting that outpatient C. difficile may be underdiagnosed, researchers said.
C. difficile infection (CDI) “is one of the most common health care-associated infections and causes substantial burden to both health care systems and patients, particularly in the hospital setting,” Sara Y. Tartof, PhD, MPH, an epidemiologist for the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation, told Healio.

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