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Evidence base for hand hygiene

The cleanyourhands campaign has been designed taking into consideration seminal research in the area of hand hygiene. Please search for evidence via the NHS Evidence search box below. Alternatively, you can search the cleanyourhands repository which is below the NHS Evidence search box.


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cleanyourhands repository

AuthorTitleJournal and volumeYearCategories
Muto CA, Sistrom MG, Farr BMHand hygiene rates unaffected by installation of dispensers of a rapidly acting hand antisepticAmerican Journal of Infection Control; 28(3):273-276.2000Hand hygiene practice, Behaviour and compliance
Murthy R, Denny R, Harold JG, Silka P. 2008. Achieving sustained hand hygiene compliance by physicians.Program and abstracts of the 45th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (San...2008Hand hygiene practice, Role models, Behaviour and compliance
Mellgren-Blackford J, Christenson M, Rudolph M.Using education to ensure hand hygiene complianceMaterials Management in Health Care, 2007; 16(3):26-312007Hand hygiene practice, Behaviour and compliance
Meengs MR, Giles BK, Chisholm CD, Cordell WH, Nelson DRHand washing frequency in an emergency department.Journal of Emergency Nursing; 20(3):183-1881994Hand hygiene practice
Mears A, White A, Cookson B, Devine M, Sedgwick J, Phillips E, et al. Healthcare-associated infection in acute hospitals: which interventions are effective?Journal of Hospital Infections; 71(4):307-13.2009Interventions
McGuckin M, Waterman R, Storr J, Bowler I, Ashby M, Topley K et alEvaluation of a Patient Empowering Hand Hygiene ProgrammeJournal of Hospital Infection, Volume 48, Issue 3, Pages 222-2272001Patient and public participation
McGuckin M, Waterman R, Govednik J. HHand Hygiene Compliance Rates in the United States—A One-Year Multicenter Collaborative Using...American Journal of Medical Quality;24(3):205-13.2009Behaviour and compliance, Interventions
McGuckin M, Taylor A, Martin V, Porten L, Salcido R.Evaluation of a patient education model for increasing hand hygiene compliance in an inpatient...American Journal of Infection Control; 2004; 32(4):235-238.2004Evaluation and audit, Patient and public participation, Behaviour and compliance
McGuckin M, Shubin A, McBride P, Lane S, Strauss K, Butler D et al.The effect of random voice hand hygiene messages delivered by medical, nursing, and infection...American Journal of Infection Control; 2006;34(10):673-675.2006Hand hygiene practice, Behaviour and compliance
McGuckin M Waterman R Porten L et alPatient Education model for increasing handwashing complianceAmerican Journal of Infection Control 27: 370-21999Patient and public participation, Behaviour and compliance