6 factors motivating healthcare workers to reduce HAIs

A study published in the American Journal of Infection Control examined healthcare worker motivations to follow protocols aimed at reducing healthcare-acquired infections.

Researchers conducted a phenomenologic qualitative study of healthcare workers in different roles within a university hospital. They used constructs from the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research model and conducted face-to-face semi-structured interviews with the workers.

Across all types of healthcare workers interviewed, patient safety and improvement in clinical outcomes were the major motivators for following HAI reduction strategies.

Other key motivators included:

•    Collaborative environment that valued individual input
•    Transparency and feedback at both organizational and individual levels
•    Leadership involvement
•    Refresher trainings and workshops

"We did not find policy, regulatory considerations, or financial penalties to be important motivators," the study authors wrote.

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