Relationship between knowledge and attitudes of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and hand hygiene behavior in Veterans with spinal cord injury and disorder

Swetha Ramanathan*, Jennifer N. Hill, Kenzie A. Cameron, Nasia Safdar, Marylou Guihan, Charlesnika T. Evans

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Abstract

The objective of this analysis was to understand the relationship between knowledge and attitudes regarding methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and hand hygiene behavior based on a baseline survey administered to Veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders. Higher knowledge was associated with higher attitude scores (r = 0.35, P =.003), but knowledge and attitudes were not associated with behavior. Also, those with quadriplegia had higher knowledge scores (P =.03). Knowledge and attitudes, although related, do not appear to fully explain patients' hand hygiene behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-539
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume43
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Hand hygiene behavior
  • Knowledge
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Veterans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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