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Table 1 Interview topic guide

From: How do hospital professionals involved in a randomised controlled trial perceive the value of genotyping vs. PCR-ribotyping for control of hospital acquired C. difficile infections?

Interview topics Questions to ask
Ribotyping history When first offered a ribotyping service
Benefits of ribotyping when dealing with periods of increased CDI incidence
Weaknesses of a ribotyping service
MLVA typing service Has/would access to more rapid MLVA information be of added benefit and, if so, how?
What factors, if any, have limited value of MLVA information? (MLVA Group only)
Initiating ward closures You reported XX ward closures as a result of ribotyping/MLVA typing result
Explain decision-making process for initiating a ward closure.
How has/could ribotyping/MLVA typing influenced decision-making in this area
Initiating extra cleaning You reported XX instances of extra cleaning as a result of ribotyping/MLVA typing
Explain decision-making process for initiating cleaning changes.
How has/could ribotyping/MLVA typing influenced decision-making in this area
Stopping ward closures/extra cleaning Value (if any) of ribotyping/MLVA typing in preventing ward closures or changes in cleaning
How ribotyping/MLVA typing influences decision-making
Changes to audits of practice/staff training Please explain decision-making process in the areas of audits of practice and staff training.
How has/could ribotyping/MLVA typing influenced decision-making in these areas
Other changes Changes which could improve value of typing information further in infection control and why