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Infection control practice: interview with 20 nurses reveals themes of rationalising their own behaviour and justifying any deviations from policy
  1. Dinah Gould
  1. School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Professor Dinah Gould, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, Eastgate House, Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 OAB, UK; gouldd{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Infection prevention involves complex social behaviour.

  • Education is unlikely to be sufficient when seeking to improve nurses’ infection prevention practice.

  • Multifaceted campaigns that include education are more likely to be effective.

  • Further research is needed to identify the beliefs held by other health workers about healthcare-associated infection.


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