Patients' perceptions of hospital-acquired infections in northern Queensland, Australia: a pilot study

Smyth, Wendy, Abernethy, Gail, Mason, Matthew, Carrucan, Janine, Hayes, Megan, and Shields, Linda (2015) Patients' perceptions of hospital-acquired infections in northern Queensland, Australia: a pilot study. American Journal of Infection Control, 43 (4). pp. 418-419.

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[Extract] We aimed to study the knowledge of health care acquired infections (HAIs) held by patients in Australian hospitals. Studies of patients' beliefs about HAIs exist, but none have specifically assessed the beliefs of an Australian population. We piloted a British questionnaire in 2 North Queensland hospitals: 1 large tertiary-level facility and 1 small, remote facility. After ethics approvals (HREC/13/QTHS/29) were secured, we recruited a small convenience sample of adult surgical inpatients, including Torres Strait Islander people, in the small hospital. The large hospital's culturally diverse population was appropriate and expected for Australian city hospitals. The questionnaire was left with participants, and if required, we read the questions and assisted in recording responses. In the large hospital, questionnaires were distributed during a 4-week period during April 2013; in the remote facility, questionnaires were distributed between April 2013 and April 2014 whenever surgical patients were present. Information regarding nonparticipation was not collected.

Item ID: 37086
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1527-3296
Funders: Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2015 05:14
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 70%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110309 Infectious Diseases @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 70%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 30%
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