[Hand-hygiene and sickness among small children attending day care centers. An intervention study]

Ugeskr Laeger. 1999 Aug 2;161(31):4396-400.
[Article in Danish]


The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effect of intensified hygiene with frequent handwashing and several educational procedures in day-care centres. The study was conducted as a controlled trial, with an intervention group and an observation group. There was a 34% reduction in expected sickness in children in the intervention group. In the categories diarrhoea and eye-infection there was a significant drop in sickness. We conclude that broad intervention concerning hand-hygiene has a positive effect on sickness in children attending day-care centres.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Infections / epidemiology
  • Bacterial Infections / prevention & control*
  • Bacterial Infections / transmission
  • Child
  • Child Day Care Centers*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Communicable Disease Control*
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Diarrhea, Infantile / epidemiology
  • Diarrhea, Infantile / prevention & control
  • Eye Infections / epidemiology
  • Eye Infections / prevention & control
  • Hand Disinfection*
  • Humans
  • Hygiene*
  • Infant
  • Prospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires