Variability in hand hygiene practices among internal medicine interns

Lauren Block, Robert Habicht, Fareedat O. Oluyadi, Albert W. Wu, Sanjay V. Desai, Timothy Niessen, Kathryn Novello Silva, Nora Oliver, Leonard Feldman

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Hand hygiene compliance remains suboptimal among physicians despite quality improvement efforts. We observed hand hygiene compliance among 29 medicine interns at 2 large academic institutions. Overall compliance was 75%. Although 4 interns averaged <40% compliance, 14 averaged at least 80%. Given variability observed among individuals in the same training programs, targeting those with poor performance may be important in improving overall compliance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1107-1108
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Graduate medical education
  • Patient safety
  • Prevention
  • Quality of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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