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Am J Infect Control. 2019 Mar;47(3):346-348. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2018.08.015. Epub 2018 Oct 10.

Comparing brief, covert, directly observed hand hygiene compliance monitoring to standard methods: A multicenter cohort study.

Author information

1
Department of Epidemiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
2
Department of Epidemiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Electronic address: kthom@som.umaryland.edu.
3
MassMutual Data Science, Springfield, MA.
4
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
5
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa.

Abstract

Hand hygiene compliance is subject to the Hawthorne effect, which may be attenuated by covert observers and brief observation periods. This study demonstrated that hand hygiene compliance rates were between 8% and 29% greater when reported by infection prevention programs than when reported by covert observers over brief observation periods.

KEYWORDS:

Compliance monitoring; Hand Hygiene; Infection prevention

PMID:
30314747
PMCID:
PMC6399725
[Available on 2020-03-01]
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2018.08.015

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