Lesley Price


  • 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow Caledonian University

    G4 0BA Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

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):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

External positions

Honorary Researcher, Public Health Scotland

1 Sep 202131 Aug 2023


  • Other Nursing
  • Bacterial Infections and Mycoses
  • Virus Diseases


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