Lori K. Handy, Stefania Maroudi, Maura Powell, Bakanuki Nfila, Charlotte Moser, Ingrid Japa, Ndibo Monyatsi, Elena Tzortzi, Ismini Kouzeli, Anthony Luberti, Maria Theodoridou, Paul Offit, Andrew Steenhoff, Judy A. Shea, Kristen A. Feemster
PLoS One. 2017; 12(8): e0180759, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180759
Introduction: Vaccine acceptance is a critical component of sustainable immunization programs, yet rates of vaccine hesitancy are rising. Increased access to misinformation through media and antivaccine advocacy is an important contributor to hesitancy in the United States and other high-income nations with robust immunization programs. Little is known about the content and effect of information sources on attitudes toward vaccination in settings with rapidly changing or unstable immunization programs.
Katerina Mougkou, Despoina Gkentzi, Georgia Kourlaba, Sofia Kouni, Ioannis Kopsidas, Charalampia Nteli, Theoklis Zaoutis, Susan Coffin
Int J Infect Control 2014, v11:i3 doi: 10.3396/IJIC.v11i3.019.15
Data on central line (CL) - associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in neonates and children in Greece are limited. In this study we aimed to assess the epidemiology and microbiology of CLABSIs in children’s hospitals in Greece using an active surveillance system and to assess the impact of a central line bundle on the incidence of CLABSIs.
Dimopoulou A, Kourlaba G, Psarris A, Coffin S, Spoulou V, Zaoutis T. J Pediatr Surg.
2015 Dec 1. pii: S0022-3468(15)00772-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2015.11.017. [Epub ahead of print]
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Appropriate antimicrobial prophylaxis (PAP) prevents surgical site infections (SSI). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an educational intervention to improve adherence to PAP guidelines in pediatric patients.
Spyridis N, Syridou G, Goossens H, Versporten A, Kopsidas J, Kourlaba G, Bielicki J, Drapier N, Zaoutis T, Tsolia M, Sharland M; ARPEC Project Group Members. Arch Dis Child.
2016 Jan;101(1):72-6. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-308255. Epub 2015 Sep 28.
OBJECTIVE: To assess the availability and source of guidelines for common infections in European paediatric hospitals and determine their content and characteristics.
Kourlaba G, Gkrania-Klotsas E, Kourkouni E, Mavrogeorgos G, Zaoutis TE.
Euro Surveill. 2016 Jun 30;21(26). doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.26.30266.
Abstract: We provide a representative analysis of antibiotic prescribing, identify factors associated with broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribing and assess the costs associated with antibiotic use in adult outpatients in Greece. Outpatient antibiotic prescriptions for patients older than 19 years between 2010 and 2013 in Greece were extracted from the IMS Health Xponent database. Prescribing rate and total cost for prescribed antibiotics were calculated.