Can qualitative research be useful in studying hand hygiene?
As it has been shown up to 89% of staff do not carry out the correct hand hygiene technique which suggests it is not effective and there is non-compliance within infection control. Using quantitative research to demonstrate the effectiveness of hand hygiene audits and the important role it plays on person-centred care.
Qualitative research is also used to provide findings on why health care workers may not be compliant with hand hygiene suggesting the lack of availability of hand washing facilities and the pressures of high workloads. The research seems to suggest that ethical issues within hand hygiene can impact on person-centred care and can be seen as an act of neglect towards patients. On exploration of this local hand hygiene policy, the research and evidence used to underpin this policy has been demonstrated supporting the critical analysis. The evidence used within the local hand hygiene policy has been supported and reinforced throughout from government documents including NICE, and DOH and the NMC. The implications of the local hand hygiene on person-centred care has been established and the importance of mandatory training, audits, ethical issues and compliance have been demonstrated.