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Healthcare workers’ adherence to infection prevention and control guidelines for respiratory infectious diseases: A rapid qualitative evidence synthesis

B-M Schmidt, S Cooper, A B Wiyeh, C S Wiysonge

Abstract


COVID-19 spreads easily between people who are in close contact, or through coughs and sneezes. As the number of cases continues to increase, healthcare workers (HCWs) are notably at risk as a result of frequency of contact with suspected cases or infected people. Use of infection prevention and control (IPC) strategies by HCWs is therefore important. We summarise the evidence from a rapid Cochrane qualitative evidence synthesis by Houghton et al. on barriers and facilitators to HCWs’ adherence to IPC guidelines for respiratory infectious diseases.

 


Authors' affiliations

B-M Schmidt, Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa

S Cooper, Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa; School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

A B Wiyeh, Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa; Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, Wash., USA

C S Wiysonge, Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa; School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

Personal protective equipment; Infectious disease; COVID-19; Healthcare workers

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2020;110(7):599-600. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2020.v110i7.14887

Article History

Date submitted: 2020-06-02
Date published: 2020-06-02

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