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Author: Alemagno, S.A. et al. Source: J Contin Educ Nurs. 2010 Oct; 41(10):463-71.


Alemagno, S.A. et al.

Online learning to improve hand hygiene knowledge and compliance among health care workers.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a hand hygiene guideline for health care workers. The emergence of online learning approaches has introduced new opportunities for providing continuing education regarding hand hygiene.


This study assessed the effectiveness of an online continuing education program in increasing health care workers' knowledge of hand hygiene practices and guidelines and promoting behavioural change as measured by self-assessment of adherence to guidelines. A total of 256 health care workers at two hospitals completed all three sessions of the online continuing education program.


Health care workers reported a significant improvement in hand hygiene knowledge and self-assessed compliance with hand hygiene behaviours. Most (97%) of the participating health care workers reported that the program was effective in improving clinical compliance behaviours.


The study results suggest that online learning has a share in improving hand hygiene know-how.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2010 Oct; 41(10):463-71.