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Adult nursing
Organisational support improves adherence to infection prevention and control guidelines
  1. Juliet Donaghy
  1. Emergency Assessment Unit, East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK
  1. Correspondence to Juliet Donaghy, Emergency Assessment Unit, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK; juliet.a.donaghy{at}

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Commentary on: Houghton C, Meskell P, Delaney H, et al. Barriers and facilitators to healthcare workers’ adherence with infection prevention and control (IPC) guidelines for respiratory infectious diseases: a rapid qualitative evidence synthesis (Review) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020, Issue 4. Art. No: CD013582. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD013582.

Implications for practice and research

  • Healthcare workers find it easier to implement infection prevention and control guidelines when they have easy access to personal protective equipment; mandatory training is in place for all staff; and they find the workplace culture supportive.

  • More research in non-hospital settings is needed.


COVID-19 is a respiratory pathogen estimated to be 30–60 times more lethal than typical annual influenza. The current outbreak is globally distributed and has been characterised as a pandemic by the WHO since March 2020. Rigorous infection control practices are essential to reducing transmission rates.1 This review focused on factors which …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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