A pilot study to investigate patients reported knowledge, awareness, and beliefs on health care-associated infection

Madeo, Maurice, Shields, Linda, and Owen, Elizabeth (2008) A pilot study to investigate patients reported knowledge, awareness, and beliefs on health care-associated infection. American Journal of Infection Control, 36 (1). pp. 63-69.

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Abstract

Background Health care–associated infections (HCAIs) remain a concern for patients, staff, and health care organizations. There is a lack of relevant literature on patients' views and opinions of infection control services.

Method A descriptive study of 110 patients was undertaken utilizing a developed questionnaire to investigate patients' knowledge, perceptions, and beliefs around HCAIs.

Results Respondents believed they were well aware of the risks of HCAI before hospital admission, but their knowledge on routes of transmission and prevention of infection was poor. Twenty-eight percent of the respondents were able to name Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) as contributing to HCAIs. Patients' main sources of information about infections were newspapers and television.

Conclusion Patients have a high level of awareness of the risk of HCAI but have little knowledge about how infections spread or about their prevention.

Item ID: 26784
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1527-3296
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2013 11:03
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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