Factors that influence hand hygiene practice amongst occupational therapy students

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dc.contributor.author Wall, Olivia M.
dc.contributor.author Smiddy, Maura P.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-08T13:33:43Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-08T13:33:43Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-25
dc.identifier.citation Wall, O. M. and Smiddy, M. P. (2017) 'Factors that influence hand hygiene practice amongst occupational therapy students', Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45(2), pp. 112-122. doi: 10.1108/IJOT-02-2017-0009 en
dc.identifier.volume 45
dc.identifier.issued 2
dc.identifier.startpage 112
dc.identifier.endpage 122
dc.identifier.issn 2398-8819
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5139
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/IJOT-02-2017-0009
dc.description.abstract Purpose: Hand hygiene is the single most important intervention to reduce the risk of acquiring infection. All healthcare workers and healthcare students have a responsibility to prevent transmission of infection. The purpose of this study is to investigate students’ attitudes to hand hygiene following university-based education and practice placement. Students attended a lecture, completed an e-learning module, participated in a practical session using a ultra-violet light hand inspection cabinet and engaged in clinical placement. Design/methodology/approach: In all, 64 students participated in a multimodal hand hygiene education programme before clinical placement, with each student completing an in-class questionnaire after placement. Data were analysed using descriptive and comparative statistics. Students rated educational methods that had most influence on them. Their preference was for a practical hand hygiene education session. Students were also influenced by the therapist they were on placement with. They were least influenced by the didactic college presentation. Findings: This study highlights that students may be influenced by different methods of education at different stages in their course and that placement may be an important influencing factor in the earlier years of occupational therapy education. Research limitations/implications: This study highlights the importance of the availability of a multimodal educational approach and clinical placement to promote increased compliance with hand hygiene amongst students. Practical implications: University healthcare course curricula should include multimodal approaches to the education of hand hygiene. While hand hygiene e-learning modules are beneficial, they should be used in conjunction with a multimodal educational strategy that incorporates practical elements. The influence of the therapist on a students’ behaviour should be utilised to improve both student and professionals hand hygiene adherence. Originality/value: Original piece of work that is not widely discussed in Occupational Therapy literature. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Emerald Publishing Limited en
dc.relation.uri http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/IJOT-02-2017-0009
dc.rights © 2017, Olivia M. Wall and Maura P. Smiddy. Published in the Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy. Published by Emerald Publishing Limited. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial and non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at http://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/legalcode en
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dc.subject Education en
dc.subject University en
dc.subject Behaviour en
dc.subject Students en
dc.subject Hand hygiene en
dc.title Factors that influence hand hygiene practice amongst occupational therapy students en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Maura Smiddy, Epidemiology & Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: M.Smiddy@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress M.Smiddy@ucc.ie en


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© 2017, Olivia M. Wall and Maura P. Smiddy. Published in the Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy. Published by Emerald Publishing Limited. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial and non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at http://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/legalcode Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as © 2017, Olivia M. Wall and Maura P. Smiddy. Published in the Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy. Published by Emerald Publishing Limited. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial and non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at http://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/legalcode
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