Are you serious? From fist bumping to hand hygiene: considering culture, context and complexity in infection prevention intervention research

Jacqui Reilly, Kay Currie, Maurice Madeo

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Infection prevention is an under-resourced research and development topic, with limited evidence for practice in the most basic of measures. A survey of IPS R&D members indicated that what might appear to be simple interactions and interventions in healthcare, such as hand shaking and hand hygiene, should be considered complex interventions taking account of behaviour at the individual and social level as well as contextual factors. Future studies need to be designed utilising comprehensive approaches, for example, the Medical Research Council complex interventions framework, tailored to the country and more local cultural context, if we are to be serious about evidence for infection prevention and control practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-33
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Infection Prevention
Issue number1
Early online date18 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016



  • behaviour
  • hand hygiene
  • infection control
  • evidence-based practice
  • qualitative research

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