BETR-D Study Timeline
The Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room-Disinfection (BETR-D) study, the most comprehensive study on UV disinfection to date, was a cluster randomized, multicenter crossover study with 2×2 factorial design to evaluate the impact of enhanced terminal room disinfection on acquisition and infection caused by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs).
The two-year, $2M, CDC-funded study led by principal investigator Dr. Daniel J. Sexton and lead investigator Dr. Deverick Anderson at Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON), collected data across nine hospitals and nearly 25,000 disinfection cycles for more than 120,000 patient days.
The process, from start to finish, lasted from 2010 until the publication of the study in 2017. The study itself occurred from 2012-2014. See the timeline below for details on when various parts of the research and abstracts were published.