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Investigators Explore Hand Hygiene Etymology

Thursday, July 13, 2017   (0 Comments)

Kilpatrick and Storr (2017) assert that numerous studies have focused on healthcare workers’ perceptions of hand hygiene but few have addressed the etymology of hand hygiene and its influence. As they explain, "Words influence behavior. The increasing use of social marketing in infection prevention is testament to the value of words in campaigning for change. However, an exploration of the use of words related to hand hygiene improvement and the World Health Organization (WHO)'s recommendations has until now received scant attention. Compliance with hand hygiene remains sub-optimal across the globe and novel approaches for behavioral impact have the potential to offer valuable adjuncts to current strategies.

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