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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
Clements A, Halton K, Graves N, Pettitt A, Morton A, Looke D et al. Overcrowding and understaffing in modern health-care systems: key determinants in...The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 2008; 8(7):427-4342008Evidence reviews and analysis
Cookson B, Mathai E, Allegranzi B, Pessoa-Silva CL, Bagheri NS, Schneider A, et al. Comparison of national and subnational guidelines for hand hygieneJournal of Hospital Infection 2009 Jul;72(3):202-10.2009Policy and guidance
Creedon SA. Infection control: behavioural issues for healthcare workers. Clinical Governance: An International Journal; 2006; 11(4):316-3262006Hand hygiene practice
Creedon SA. Healthcare workers compliance with hand hygiene guidelines: findings from a quasi-experimental...International Journal of Nursing Terminologies & Classifications; 2006; 17(1):65-672006Policy and guidance
Creedon SA. Health care workers' hand decontamination practices: an Irish studyClinical Nursing Research; 2006; 15(1):6-272006Hand hygiene practice, Behaviour and compliance
Dancer SJ.Importance of the environment in meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus acquisition: the case...The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 2008; 8(2):101-1132008Evidence reviews and analysis
Didier Pittet MM, Anne Simon M, Stphane Hugonnet MM, Carmen Lcia Pessoa-Silva M, Valrie Sauvan R,...Hand Hygiene among Physicians: Performance, Beliefs, and Perceptions Annals of Internal Medicine, 2004; 141(1):1-82004Hand hygiene practice
Dierssen-Sotos T, Robles-Garcia M, Rodriguez-Cundin P, Llorca .Hand hygiene adherence among cantabrian health service workers.J. Med Clin (Barc)2009Behaviour and compliance
Dinah GouldInterventions to improve hand hygiene compliance in patient careCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews2007Evidence reviews and analysis
Doebbeling BN, Stanley GL, Sheetz CT, Pfaller MA, Houston AK, Annis L et al. Comparative efficacy of alternative hand-washing agents in reducing nosocomial infections in...New England Journal of Medicine1992Hand hygiene products and technologies