Health care worker perceptions of hand hygiene practices and obstacles in a developing region

Borg M. A. , Benbachir M., Cookson B. D. , Ben Redjeb S., Elnasser Z., Rasslan O., ...More

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INFECTION CONTROL, vol.37, no.10, pp.855-857, 2009 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ajic.2009.06.003
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.855-857


A structured self-assessment questionnaire was distributed to 8 southern and eastern Mediterranean hospitals to identify perceived obstacles to hand hygiene (HH). An insufficient number of sinks and alcohol handrub stations was rated by the vast majority of respondents as the most critical impediment, whereas improved availability of HH products was deemed the key intervention to increase compliance. The least importance and relevance were given to HH auditing and collegial reminders. While initiatives to improve HH compliance clearly must address infrastructural inadequacies, sociocultural issues also need to be considered when transposing initiatives found to be successful in Western countries to less-developed regions, to ensure that campaigns are not compromised by perceptual undercurrents. Copyright (c) 2009 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (Am J Infect Control 2009;37:855-7.)