Published: 2019-08-27

Attitude of health care professional students towards hand hygiene

Rintu Jayan, Riya Paul, Riyamol Abraham, Riyamol Roy, Roniya Dominic, Roselin Abraham, Renita Priya D’souza, Priya Reshma Aranha


Background: Hands are the principal route of nosocomial infections or hospital acquired infections or health associated infections. Hand hygiene is effective in reducing infection rates. Hand hygiene among the health care professionals play a pivotal role in preventing the transmission of hospital acquired infections. The aim of the study was to assess the attitude regarding hand hygiene among students of healthcare professions.

Methods: Quantitative research approach and descriptive survey design were used for the study. The purposive sampling technique was adopted to select 100 samples, 25 each from MBBS, BDS, B.Sc. Nursing and BPT. A structured attitude scale was used to collect the data. The collected data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics.

Results: The study results showed that majorities (55%) of sample were in the age of 22 years, majorities (90%) were females, and majority (98%) of sample had previous information regarding hand hygiene. The entire study sample had favorable attitudes towards hand hygiene. The study showed a significant association between attitude scores and receiving previous information on hand hygiene.

Conclusions: The study concluded that health professional students have favorable attitude towards hand hygiene. 


Attitude, Hand hygiene, Health professional students

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