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Am J Infect Control. 2009 Mar;37(2):164-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2008.04.258. Epub 2008 Oct 22.

The influence of knowledge, perceptions, and beliefs, on hand hygiene practices in nursing homes.

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Department of Epidemiology and Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, University of Michigan-School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029, USA. aielloa@umich.edu

Abstract

There are few studies that have assessed factors influencing infection control practices among health care workers (HCW) in nursing homes. We conducted a cross-sectional survey of HCWs (N = 392) in 4 nursing homes to assess whether knowledge, beliefs, and perceptions influence reported hand hygiene habits. Positive perceptions and beliefs regarding effectiveness of infection control in nursing homes were associated with reported appropriate glove use and fingernail characteristics, respectively, among HCWs. Further research on hand hygiene interventions, including targeted educational in-services should be conducted in the nursing home setting.

PMID:
18945512
PMCID:
PMC3319389
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2008.04.258
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