Received: 6 August 2018
Accepted: 8 August 2019
First Online: 19 August 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The institutional activities of the regional “Azienda Ligure Sanitaria” include handling regional healthcare administrative data and conduct epidemiological studies, projects and researches to support strategical choices of healthcare [CitationRef removed]. The current regulation on privacy allows professionals belonging to the regional “Azienda Ligure Sanitaria” accessing to healthcare administrative data routinely transmitted by the public funded LHUs and hospitals of the Liguria region. Data are anonymous and have been evaluated in an aggregate manner. Finally, patients who access to regional public health services give consent to the use of healthcare data also for scientific purpose.
: Not applicable.
: Filippo Ansaldi and Giancarlo Icardi are Associate Editors of BMC Infectious Disease. All other authors declare that they have no competing interests.