Self-reported hand hygiene practices, and feasibility and acceptability of alcohol-based hand rubs among village healthcare workers in Inner Mongolia, China.
Bottom Line: Although 84.5% of the ABHR recipients believed that receiving the ABHR improved their hand hygiene practice, 78.8% of recipients would pay no more than US$1.5 out of their own pocket (actual cost US$4).The overall acceptance of ABHR among the village healthcare workers is high as long as it is provided to them for free/low cost, but their overall hand hygiene practice is suboptimal.Hand hygiene education and training is needed in settings outside of traditional healthcare facilities.
Affiliation: Global Disease Detection Program, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China.Show MeSH
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Mentions: Accurate contact information was available for 575 (85.8 %) out of 670 eligible village HCWs. Of the 575 village HCWs contacted, 369 (64.2%) participated (Figure 1). Median age was 41 years (range: 19–71), and the median years of work in healthcare was 18 years (range: 1–51). About half (43.6%) were female. The majority (71.8%) had finished education to high school level or below, and a similar proportion (74.0%) had an annual income >20,000 RMB (~US$3,220), which is comparable to urban/suburban income level on average nationwide (Table I). Participants reported a median of 14 (range: 0–100) patient contacts per day in the clinic. Many participants (43.4%) also provided medical care at patients’ home (median was four home visits per week; range: 1–15 per week).
Affiliation: Global Disease Detection Program, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China.