Motivation and environmental perceptions influence hand hygiene

Motivation and perceptions of the working environment influence the extent to which healthcare workers comply with hand hygiene guidelines. Interventions to educate, change behaviour and empower staff may be useful. Reviewers from Ireland examined qualitative literature about healthcare workers’ compliance with hand hygiene guidelines. Factors that workers said contributed to the level of compliance included motivational factors and perceptions of the work environment. Motivational factors could be influenced by behaviour change interventions. The way in which staff perceive their work environment may be influenced by empowerment and culture change.

Reference: Smiddy MP, O’Connell R, Creedon SA. Systematic qualitative literature review of health care workers’ compliance with hand hygiene guidelines. American Journal of Infection Control. 2015 Mar;43(3):269-274

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