Title

Changes in Knowledge and Attitudes of Hospital Environmental Services Staff: The Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) Study

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Nursing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-14-2018

Publication Details

This article was originally published as:

Mitchell, B. G., White, N., Farrington, A., Allen, M., Page, K., Gardner, A., … Hall, L. (2018). Changes in knowledge and attitudes of hospital environmental services staff: The Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) study. American Journal of Infection Control, 46(9), 980-985. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2018.02.003

ISSN: 0196-6553

ANZSRC / FoR Code

110309 Infectious Diseases| 111002 Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative)| 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)| 111716 Preventive Medicine| 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified

Reportable Items

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Abstract

Background

The Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) study tested a multimodal cleaning intervention in Australian hospitals. This article reports findings from a pre/post questionnaire, embedded into the REACH study, that was administered prior to the implementation of the intervention and at the conclusion of the study.

Methods

A cross-sectional questionnaire, nested within a stepped-wedge trial, was administered. The REACH intervention was a cleaning bundle comprising 5 interdependent components. The questionnaire explored the knowledge, reported practice, attitudes, roles, and perceived organizational support of environmental services staff members in the hospitals participating in the REACH study.

Results

Environmental services staff members in 11 participating hospitals completed 616 pre- and 307 post-test questionnaires (n = 923). Increases in knowledge and practice were seen between the pre-and post-test questionnaires. Minimal changes were observed in attitudes regarding the role of cleaning and in perceived organizational support.

Conclusion

To our knowledge, this is the first study to report changes in knowledge, attitudes, and perceived organizational support in environmental services staff members, in the context of a large multicenter clinical trial. In this underexplored group of hospital workers, findings suggest that environmental services staff members have a high level of knowledge related to cleaning practices and understand the importance of their role.

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