Participate in a study on monitoring hand hygiene practices

Hand hygiene is the most important thing a healthcare worker (HCW) can do to prevent a patient from getting an infection. Auditing of HCW’s hand hygiene practices is required in all public healthcare facilities in Australia. The current auditing method is by direct observation method (i.e. where a trained auditor directly observes the HCW). We have developed a new approach to hand hygiene auditing, incorporating a novel video-based monitoring system. This new approach shows promise in terms of collecting more accurate hand hygiene compliance information.

We would like to invite you to participate in the following study: The acceptability of novel video-based monitoring system for auditing and monitoring healthcare worker hand hygiene practices: An exploratory study.

The aim of this study is to explore the attitudes of HCWs to the potential use of the novel video-based monitoring system for auditing HCWs’ hand hygiene practices. You have been invited to participate in this part of the study because you are a member of ACIPC.

There are two components in our study:

  1. Online survey (anticipated to take 20-30 minutes to complete)
  2. Interview (either via zoom or face-to-face, and is anticipated to take 20-30 minutes)

You can choose to participate in either or in both. The Participant Information Sheet (PIS) for the survey and interview can be found in the links below. The PIS provides more information about the research study. Knowing what is involved will help you decide if you want to take part.

  • To participate in the survey, please click here
  • To participate in the interview, please click here

This study is being led by Professor Ramon Z. Shaban (Principal Investigator) and Ms Katherine J. McKay (PhD candidate) from the University of Sydney. This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at The University of Sydney (approval number 2021/040).

If you would like more information about this study, please contact Katherine McKay at kmck4637@uni.sydney.edu.au.