Nurses' motivation to wash their hands: a standardized measurement approach

Appl Nurs Res. 2001 Aug;14(3):136-45. doi: 10.1053/apnr.2001.24412.


Handwashing is a simple procedure that is critical to prevention and control of infections, yet many health care workers (HCWs) do not practice hand hygiene according to recommended guidelines. The Handwashing Assessment Inventory (HAI) is a self-report instrument that is designed to measure the motivational schema of HCWs for handwashing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Guideline Adherence / standards*
  • Guideline Adherence / statistics & numerical data
  • Hand Disinfection / standards*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Models, Psychological
  • Motivation*
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / supply & distribution
  • Self-Assessment*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*
  • Time Management
  • Workload