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Knowledge, attitudes, and self‑reported practices (KAP) towards hand hygiene in medical students versus the public

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Show simple item record Mwesigye, Patience Sekhon, Baljot Punni, Amit McDonnell, Gemma Salman, Omar Hyde, Sarah O'Donnell, Patrick 2022-01-20T12:05:33Z 2022-01-20T12:05:33Z 2022
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated morbidity, mortality, and economic disruption has reignited interest in simple protective and preventive measures. Aims The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) of hand hygiene in a sample of medical students in Ireland and members of the public to evaluate these within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also explored any differences between the two groups. Methods A 35-question survey was formulated and circulated to potential participants comprising Irish medical students and members of the public. The data was analysed using Microsoft Excel with P-values being calculated using chi-squared goodness-of-ft analysis. Results There were 356 responses to the survey, categorised into medical students and general public populations. Incomplete surveys were removed leaving 303 responses. There was no statistical difference between the groups for attitudes and self-reported practices towards hand hygiene. Statistical differences were found between the two groups in terms of knowledge. Conclusions The study showed that medical students and the public had a good knowledge base and positive attitude in regards to hand hygiene. Both groups displayed consensus that the practices are essential, especially within the current pandemic context. However, larger studies, involving multiple universities and a larger portion of the public, may be useful to ascertain whether there is a true difference in the KAP between healthcare students and the general public. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Irish Journal of Medical Science;(1971 -)
dc.subject COVID en_US
dc.subject Hand hygiene en_US
dc.title Knowledge, attitudes, and self‑reported practices (KAP) towards hand hygiene in medical students versus the public en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11845-022-02918-x
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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