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The Influence of Knowledge, Perceptions, and Beliefs, on Hand Hygiene Practices in Nursing Homes

Citation

Aiello, Allison E.; Malinis, Maricar; Knapp, Jennifer K.; & Mody, Lona (2009). The Influence of Knowledge, Perceptions, and Beliefs, on Hand Hygiene Practices in Nursing Homes. American Journal of Infection Control, 37(2), 164-167. PMCID: PMC3319389

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.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2008.04.258

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2009

Journal Title

American Journal of Infection Control

Author(s)

Aiello, Allison E.
Malinis, Maricar
Knapp, Jennifer K.
Mody, Lona

PMCID

PMC3319389