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The role of education in the prevention and control of infection: A review of the literature

Published on Jan 1, 2011in Nurse Education Today2.442
· DOI :10.1016/j.nedt.2010.03.007
Deborah J. Ward6
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(University of Manchester)
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SUMMARY This paper discusses a literature review which was undertaken prior to a research study about student nurses' and midwives' experiences of learning infection control in clinical practice. Its aim is to identify the role of education in the prevention and control of infection, with a specific focus on compliance with infection control precautions and reduction in infection rates. It also identifies the methods used for teaching infection control. The review concludes that there is no rigorous and convincing evidence that education improves compliance with infection control precautions or reduces rates of infection, particularly in the long-term. Areas for future research are identified.
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