Public Health England (PHE) does not collect data on community-acquired Clostridium difficile infections (CDI). However, PHE collects data on community-onset CDI. Community-onset CDI are those cases occurring without or within two days of a hospital admission.
In approximately half of the community-onset CDI cases (50.1% or 3,706/399 cases), the patient was either admitted to hospital at the time of the first positive sample or admitted shortly afterwards.
It should be noted that this information is in part reliant on completion of an optional data field and therefore ascertainment may not be optimal. PHE does not collect information on the reasons of the patient being admitted to the hospital. Therefore, in some cases the admission to hospital may have been for other reasons than the CDI.