Assessment of clinical risk predictive rules for invasive candidiasis in a prospective multicentre cohort of ICU patients

Elliott Geoffrey Playford, Jeff Lipman, Masrura Kabir, Emma S. McBryde, Graeme R. Nimmo, Anna Lau, Tania C. Sorrell

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Purpose: To assess the generalisability of published clinical risk predictive models for invasive candidiasis in ICU patients. Methods: The performance characteristics of published clinical risk factor-only and Candida colonisation-only predictive models for invasive candidiasis were assessed in a multicentre cohort of Australian ICU patients. Clinical risk factors and Candida colonisation parameters were collected prospectively from patients. Results: The two clinical risk factor-only predictive models applied to an Australian patient cohort (n = 615) performed less well than in published studies involving derivation populations. Model performance characteristics improved when Candida colonisation parameters were added post-hoc. Conclusions: Risk predictive models should factor in both clinical risk factors and Candida colonisation parameters. Integrating these models into therapeutic algorithms first requires external validation in different patient populations and settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2141-2145
Number of pages5
JournalIntensive Care Medicine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Candida
  • Candidaemia
  • ICU
  • Prediction
  • Risk

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