Technical note: Assessment of blinding of hand hygiene observers in randomized controlled trials of hand hygiene interventions

Chris Fuller, Sarah Besser, Barry D. Cookson, Ellen Fragaszy, Julian Gardiner, John McAteer, Susan Michie, Joanne Savage, Sheldon P. Stone*

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Abstract

Trials evaluating interventions to improve health care workers' hand hygiene compliance use directly observed compliance as a primary outcome measure. Observers should be blinded to the intervention and the effectiveness of blinding assessed to prevent systematic bias. The literature has not addressed this issue, and this study describes a robust and pragmatic method for assessing the adequacy of blinding in hand hygiene intervention trials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-334
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of infection control
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010

Keywords

  • blinding
  • compliance
  • Hand hygiene
  • observation
  • reliability
  • training
  • trials

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