Study: Nursing Attitude Toward Infection Control Affects Compliance

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A new study reveals a correlation between home healthcare nurses' attitudes toward infection control and compliance rates.

Researchers surveyed more than 350 nurses at two large home healthcare agencies. What they found was nurses with positive attitudes toward infection control had higher levels of infection control compliance. Knowledge of inflection control practices, on the other hand, was not associated with compliance.

The authors conclude, "These findings suggest that efforts to improve compliance with infection control practices in home healthcare should focus on strategies to alter perceptions about infection risk and other attitudinal factors."

Study results were published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

The research was funded by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.