Study: Financial Incentives Boost Hand Hygiene Compliance

Financial incentives in the context of a shared accountability model are effective in improving rates of hand hygiene compliance, according to an article published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.


Researchers at an academic medical center implemented a system of project planning, leadership buy-in, goal setting, financial incentives tied to performance and a system-wide shared accountability model.

Hand hygiene observations showed an increase in hand hygiene compliance to more than 85 percent since January 2011.

Extrapolation of a model utilizing financial incentives in a culture of accountability may create similar results at other medical centers, the study concluded.

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