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Examining Hospital Patients’ Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Hospital-Acquired Infections and Their Participation in Infection Control

  • Holly Seale (a1), Yuliya Novytska (a2), Julie Gallard (a3) and Rajneesh Kaur (a1)


It is crucial to assess patients’ understanding of and readiness to participate in infection control programs. While 80% of hospital patients reported that they were willing to help hospital staff with infection prevention, many felt that they would not feel comfortable asking a healthcare worker to sanitize his or her hands.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015;00(0): 1–3


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Address correspondence to Dr. Holly Seale, Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Medicine, University of New South Wales, Room 237, Samuels Building (F25), UNSW, Sydney, 2052, Australia (


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