Do behavior monitoring systems improve hand hygiene compliance? 4 study insights

Written by Rachel Popa | December 27, 2018 | Print  |


A review of behavior monitoring systems for hand hygiene compliance published in the American Journal of Infection Control studied how well the systems improve handwashing behavior.

The researchers reviewed 12 studies to determine if behavior monitoring technology improved hand hygiene compliance.

Here are the key details to know:

1. Behavior monitoring technology improves compliance between 6.4 percent and 54.97 percent.

2. Most systems gave real-time feedback on compliance.

3. The potential reasons technology wasn't accepted by healthcare staff were device usability and function, confidentiality, user attitude and environment.

4. "Recognizing the importance of hand hygiene adherence, active communication between behavior monitoring technology and healthcare workers seems to mediate improvement in sustainable hand hygiene adherence behavior," Researchers concluded.

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