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Utilizing behavioral theories to explain hospital visitors’ observed hand hygiene behavior

Gaube, Susanne ; Schneider-Brachert, Wulf ; Holzmann, Thomas ; Fischer, Peter ; Lermer, Eva


Background: Hand hygiene is essential for infection prevention. This study aimed to find a suitable theoretical model and identify critical facilitators and barriers to explain hospital visitors' hand hygiene practice. Methods: Visitors in 4 hospitals were observed and asked to give explanations for using or not using the hand rub dispenser. The written explanations of N = 838 participants were ...


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