Patients' perceptions of hospital-acquired infections in northern Queensland, Australia: a pilot study
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Abstract[Extract] We aimed to study the knowledge of health care acquired infections (HAIs) held by patients in Australian hospitals. Studies of patients' beliefs about HAIs exist, but none have specifically assessed the beliefs of an Australian population. We piloted a British questionnaire in 2 North Queensland hospitals: 1 large tertiary-level facility and 1 small, remote facility. After ethics approvals (HREC/13/QTHS/29) were secured, we recruited a small convenience sample of adult surgical inpatients, including Torres Strait Islander people, in the small hospital. The large hospital's culturally diverse population was appropriate and expected for Australian city hospitals. The questionnaire was left with participants, and if required, we read the questions and assisted in recording responses. In the large hospital, questionnaires were distributed during a 4-week period during April 2013; in the remote facility, questionnaires were distributed between April 2013 and April 2014 whenever surgical patients were present. Information regarding nonparticipation was not collected.
Smyth, Wendy, Abernethy, Gail, Mason, Matthew, Carrucan, Janine, Hayes, Megan, and Shields, Linda (2015) Patients' perceptions of hospital-acquired infections in northern Queensland, Australia: a pilot study. American Journal of Infection Control, 43 (4). pp. 418-419.