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Research project: Influencing infection control practice: Improving the implementation of isolation care by nurses - Dormant

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This research study examined nurses’ and healthcare assistants’ perspectives of infection control practice on one hospital ward as a basis for the development, implementation and evaluation of an education and support programme to improve isolation care. Completion date: November 2003

The findings of the research revealed how nurses experienced difficulty understanding and implementing infection control recommendations. The two-tier system of precautions for standard care and contact isolation was an area of considerable confusion and conflict in practice. Deficiencies in knowledge and skills together with erroneous beliefs and self-preservation instincts contributed to this.

Doctoral study undertaken by Dr Jacqui Prieto, supervised by Professor Dame Jill Macleod Clark.

Funded in 1998 by a South Thames Regional Health Authority Research Fellowship (3-year part-time PhD studentship) and in 2002 by a Smith and Nephew Foundation Doctoral Nursing Research Fellowship (1 year).

Research group: Fundamental Care and Patient Safety

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