School of Medicine
Despite recent national emphasis, outpatient hand washing can be less than optimal. We tested a new approach involving both patient and physician hand washing. The study consisted of 384 questionnaires, 184 from phase 1 and 200 from phase 2. Patients stated doctors washed their hands 96.6% before examining them pre-intervention and 99.5% of the time post-intervention. Patients endorsed the importance of hand washing 98.7% of the time. “Co-washing” may offer a process to increase the practice of hand washing and decrease infection risk.
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Doyle, Gregory A.; Xiang, Jun; Zaman, Hina; Neiman-Hart, Holli; Maroon, Michael; Arghami, Elham; Durani, Hina; Salana, Hari; Komakula, Venugopal; and King, Dana E., "Patient Attitudes and Participation in Hand Co-Washing in an Outpatient Clinic Before and After a Prompt" (2017). Clinical and Translational Science Institute. 534.
Doyle GA, Xiang J, Zaman H, et al. Patient Attitudes and Participation in Hand Co-Washing in an Outpatient Clinic Before and After a Prompt. The Annals of Family Medicine. 2017;15(2):155-157. doi:10.1370/afm.2033