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Journal Article > Study
Why are patients not more involved in their own safety? A questionnaire-based survey in a multi-ethnic North London hospital population.
Yoong W, Assassi Z, Ahmedani I, et al. Postgrad Med J. 2019;95:266-270.
Engaging patients as partners in safety is considered a best practice. Some patients may feel more comfortable raising concerns than others. This survey study involving 175 patients at a single hospital in London found that 80% of respondents would not remind health care personnel about appropriate hand hygiene practices for fear of offending them. The study also suggests that patient age, gender, and English proficiency are important factors to consider with regard to optimally engaging patients in safety.
Journal Article > Review
McGuckin M, Storr J, Longtin Y, Allegranzi B, Pittet D. Am J Med Qual. 2011;26:10-17.
This review examined programs that engage patients as partners in hand hygiene improvement. The authors report that successful programs include at least one of the following tactics: educational tools, motivational tools, or role modeling.
Audiovisual > Image/Poster
To ask or not to ask?: the results of a formative assessment of a video empowering patients to ask their health care providers to perform hand hygiene.
Garcia-Williams A, Brinsley-Rainisch K, Schillie S, Sinkowitz-Cochran R. J Patient Saf. 2010;79:71-80.