Rewarding and recognizing frontline staff for success in infection prevention

Am J Infect Control. 2021 Jan;49(1):123-125. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2020.06.208. Epub 2020 Jun 30.


Management practices help support efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Providing rewards and recognition to frontline staff is one management practice found to be in use by hospitals that are higher-performers in HAI prevention. Using data from interviews with hospital managers and frontline staff at 18 US hospitals, our study identifies how managers can use reward and recognition programs as motivational tools to sustain frontline HAI prevention efforts.

Keywords: Healthcare-associated infections; Management practices; Qualitative methods; Rewards.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.