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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010 Aug;31(8):869-70. doi: 10.1086/655441.

Observer bias in hand hygiene compliance reporting.

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Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University, Harper University Hospital, Detroit, Michigan 48201, USA. sdhar@med.wayne.edu

Abstract

Differences in reported hand hygiene compliance rates were assessed on the basis of the unit affiliation of observers. In 2 hospitals, unit-based observers more often reported higher compliance rates than did non-unit-based observers (79% vs 58.6%; difference, 20.4%; P<.001). Nonstandardized data collection methods contribute to the variability in hand hygiene compliance rates.

PMID:
20586650
DOI:
10.1086/655441
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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