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Lesley has a special interest in improving the evidence base for standard and transmission based infection prevention and control interventions with a particular focus on hand hygiene research. Whilst specialising in quantitative research methods and systematic reviews, she often leads work packages within mixed methods research projects.
Recent completed hand hygiene work includes a pragmatic randomized controlled trial of the 6-step vs 3-step hand hygiene technique and research evaluating the sustained effect of participation in a Guinness World Record for the largest hand hygiene relay and the effect of wearing fake tan on hand hygiene. Mixed methods research has addressed healthcare workers' and patient views on the acceptability of suspended visiting during norovirus outbreaks, barriers and enablers to staff compliance with MRSA screening and public, patient and healthcare workers' views on the acceptability of screening for CPE. Evidence synthesis work published comprises a systematic review of systematic reviews of hand hygiene interventions, a systematic review on interventions designed to improve the antimicrobial stewardship behaviour of the public and national core components for infection prevention and control. Also published are a scoping review on vets’ and farmers’ antimicrobial stewardship behaviour, a quasi-experimental study exploring the effect of deliberate practice on hand hygiene technique, and two further systematic reviews of factors impacting on hand hygiene effectiveness.
Current research is as Scottish Lead for the UK wide SIREN study. A national multi-centre prospective cohort of 44,500 healthcare workers' investigating whether the presence of antibody to SARS-CoV-2 is associated with a reduction in the subsequent risk of re-infection over two years.
Current doctoral supervision embraces a range of projects related to infection prevention, such the built environment and nosociomial infection, the patient zone and transmission of infection and evaluating the implementation of the WHO Core Component in low and high resourced countries.
Research Interests: healthcare associated infection; infection prevention and control, standard based and transmission based precautions, hand hygiene, antimicrobial resistance, and antimicrobial stewardship.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Honorary Researcher, Public Health Scotland
1 Sep 2021 → 31 Aug 2023
- Other Nursing
- Bacterial Infections and Mycoses
- Virus Diseases
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Price, L. & Hopkins, S.
1/09/20 → 31/08/23
Project: Research Grant
1/10/19 → 30/09/23
Project: Research Grant
Tackling the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance by engaging nurses in antibiotic stewardship: building capacity through a Brazil-UK collaboration.
1/10/21 → 30/06/22
Project: Research Grant
Early warning surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variants, United Kingdom, November 2021-September 2022Foulkes, S., Monk, E. J. M., Sparkes, D., Hettiarachchi, N., Milligan, I. D., Munro, K., Taylor-Kerr, A., Platt, N., Howells, A., Kyaw, J. Y. A., Adaji, E., Gallagher, E., Khawam, J., Wellington, E., Price, L., Crossman, D., Norman, C., de Lacy, E., Cromey, L., Corrigan, D., & 12 others, Jan 2023, In: Emerging Infectious Diseases. 29, 1, p. 184-188 5 p.
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Effectiveness of national and sub-national interventions for prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections in acute hospitals in high- and upper-middle-income counties: systematic review updatePrice, L., Gozdzielewska, L., McFarland, A., Hendry, K. & Reilly, J., 17 Jan 2023, (Accepted/In press) In: The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
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Comparing the effectiveness of hand hygiene techniques in reducing the microbial load and covering hand surfaces in healthcare workers: updated systematic reviewPrice, L., Gozdzielewska, L., Matuluko, A., Pittet, D., Allegranzi, B. & Reilly, J., Oct 2022, In: American Journal of Infection Control. 50, 10, p. 1079-1090 12 p.
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Robinson, J., Price, L., Otter, J. & Burnett, E., 15 Sep 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of Infection Prevention. 12 p.
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Investigating the contextual factors and mechanisms associated with implementing Blue Prescription Programmes in health and social care settings: a systematic review using realist synthesisAlejandre, J. C., Chastin, S., Irvine, K. N., Georgiou, M., Khanna, P., Tieges, Z., Smith, N., Chong, Y-Y., Onagan, F. C., Price, L., Pfleger, S., Helliwell, R., Singleton, J., Estandarte, A., Smith, E. S., Curran, S. & Helwig, K., Oct 2022, In: The Lancet Planetary Health. 6, S9
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Poster award: What's possible: The user's perspective on the validation of healthcare associated infection and antimicrobial use data?
Price, Lesley (Recipient), 13 Oct 2012
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)