Utilizing an interview method to estimate potential bias in silent observer hand hygiene observations

Am J Infect Control. 2022 Dec 2;S0196-6553(22)00844-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2022.11.022. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

Interviewed health care workers to determine whether they had noticed a silent hand hygiene observer, thereby determining the legitimacy of the silent observers. Data supported the observers were typically unseen, and potential observer bias had a negligible role in hand hygiene compliance.

Keywords: Hand hygiene; Observer bias.