Study: Healthcare Staff Have Poor Technical Understanding of C. Diff

Healthcare staff generally have a poor technical understanding of the infection Clostridium difficile, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Researchers conducted a literature review of healthcare staff members' risk perceptions of C. difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Studies showed that there was low technical understanding of C. diff and staff were concerned about the risks to patients and themselves. In contrast, staff had a good technical understanding of MRSA and were less concerned about their own health.

The authors suggested more research on healthcare professionals' risk perceptions of infections should be conducted to guide management and communication strategies around infections.

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