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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
Foster KM, Clark AP.Increasing hand hygiene compliance: a mystery?; 22(6):263-267.Clinical Nurse Specialist2008Hand hygiene practice, Behaviour and compliance
Fung IC, Cairncross S.How often do you wash your hands? A review of studies of hand-washing practices in the community...International Journal of Environmental Health Research2007Evidence reviews and analysis
Gillespie TPatient empowerment to improve hand hygiene compliance by healthcare workersJournal of Hospital Infection 49: 298-992001Patient and public participation, Behaviour and compliance
Girou E, Chai SH, Oppein F, Legrand P, Ducellier D, Cizeau F et al.Misuse of gloves: the foundation for poor compliance with hand hygiene and potential for microbial...Journal of Hospital Infection2004Policy and guidance
Gopal Rao G, Jeanes A, Russell H, Wilson D, Atere-Roberts E, O'Sullivan D, Donaldson N.Effectiveness of short-term, enhanced, infection control support in improving compliance with...Epidemiology and Infection 2009 Mar 4:1-72009Hand hygiene practice
Gould D. Management of Norovirus gastroenteritis in the communityBritish Journal of Community Nursing; 2009 Mar;14(3):117, 119-7, 1212009Hand hygiene practice
Gould DJ, Chudleigh JH, Moralejo D, Drey N.Intervention review: Interventions to improve hand hygiene compliance in patient care.Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2007 Apr 18;(2):CD005186.2007Hand hygiene practice, Evidence reviews and analysis
Gould DJ, Drey NS, Moralejo D, Grimshaw J, Chudleigh J.Interventions to improve hand hygiene compliance in patient care Journal of Hospital Infection; 2008, 68(3):193-202.2008Hand hygiene campaigns
Grayson ML, Jarvie LJ, Martin, R, et al.Significant reductions in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia and clinical...The Medical Journal of Australia 2008; 188:633-6402008Hand hygiene campaigns, Hand hygiene practice
Harbarth S, Pittet D, Grady L, Zawacki A, Potter-Bynoe G, Samore MH et al.Interventional study to evaluate the impact of an alcohol-based hand gel in improving hand hygiene...Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal2002Hand hygiene products and technologies, Evaluation and audit