Post-print of: van de Mortel, TF, Apostolopoulou, EA & Petrikkos, GL 2010, 'A comparison of the hand hygiene knowledge, beliefs, and practices of Greek nursing and medical students', American Journal of Infection Control, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 75-77.
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Publisher's version of article available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2009.05.006
Profession influences healthcare workers' hand hygiene (HH) adherence. Greek nursing and medical students were surveyed to determine if there were cross-disciplinary differences in HH education, assessment, knowledge, beliefs and practices. Nursing students' HH knowledge was significantly higher than that of medical students. Nursing students reported significantly more positive HH practices and beliefs, and received more HH education and assessment than medical students. Improving undergraduate HH education may improve graduates' HH knowledge, beliefs and practices.