Nurses’ Attitudes and Perceptions towards Hand Hygiene in Mental Health and Medical Inpatient Settings: Comparative, Cross-Sectional Study

Dickens, Geoffrey, Goko, Charlotte and Ryan, Emina (2020) Nurses’ Attitudes and Perceptions towards Hand Hygiene in Mental Health and Medical Inpatient Settings: Comparative, Cross-Sectional Study. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. pp. 1-8. ISSN 0161-2840 (In Press)

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Abstract

Poor hand hygiene is a major contributor to hospital acquired infection. In this study, a comparison of the related attitudes of psychiatric and non-psychiatric nurses was made using a cross-sectional survey design. N = 79 nurses who work in psychiatric or non-psychiatric hospital wards completed questionnaires regarding intended compliance with hand-washing protocols and potential cognitive predictors of compliance. Perceived ease of compliance and behavioural norms, and working in a non-psychiatric ward, predicted superlative intended compliance. Working in psychiatry did not in itself predict outgroup membership suggesting that psychiatric ward-related factors, rather than psychiatric nurse-related factors are most relevant in determining between-group differences. Consideration of factors unique to psychiatry wards during service design could improve compliance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hospital acquired infection, theory of planned behaviour, psychiatric nursing
Subjects: B700 Nursing
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2020 14:18
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2020 14:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44486

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