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Table 2 Answers given by healthcare workers stratified by hospital

From: Delivery of written and verbal information on healthcare-associated infections to patients: opinions and attitudes of a sample of healthcare workers

Questions Question asked to the healthcare workers Hospital A (n = 56) Hospital B (n = 73) Hospital C (n = 89) Hospital D (n = 70) p
Q1 Do you know whether any WRITTEN information on Healthcare-Associated Infections is distributed to all inpatients at admission?
- Yes 37 (66.1) 51 (69.9) 68 (76.4) 0 (−) <0.001
- No 19 (33.9) 22 (30.1) 21 (23.6) 70 (100)
If yes:
Q2 ▪ What kind of informational material is distributed in this hospital?
- an informational leaflet 0 (−) 50 (98.0) 68 (100.0) -- <0.001
- an admission guidebook 37 (100.0) 1 (2.0) 0 (−) --
Q3 ▪ Is written informational material on Healthcare-Associated Infection available in the ward in which you work?
- Yes 35 (94.6) 51 (100.0) 68 (100.0) -- 0.06
- No 2 (5.4) 0 (−) 0 (−) --
Q4 ▪ Is written informational material distributed to any inpatient able to read it at admission?
- Yes 28 (75.7) 32 (62.7) 68 (100.0) -- <0.001
- No 8 (21.6) 18 (35.3) 0 (−) --
- I don’t remember 1 (2.7) 1 (2.0) 0 (−) --
Q5 ▪ Who usually delivers informational material on Healthcare-Associated Infections to inpatients?
-physicians 0 (−) 0 (−) 0 (−) -- -
-nurses 35 (97.2) 48 (100.0) 62 (91.2) -- 0.06
- nursing assistants 8 (22.2) 3 (6.3) 8 (11.8) -- 0.10
Q6 Do you know whether inpatients receive any VERBAL information on Healthcare-Associated Infections in the ward in which you work?
- Yes 41 (73.2) 64 (87.7) 70 (78.7) 35 (50.0) <0.001
- No 15 (26.8) 9 (12.3) 19 (21.3) 35 (50.0)
Q7 If yes, who usually gives verbal information on HAIs to inpatients?
- physicians 24 (58.5) 48 (75.0) 48 (70.6) 24 (68.6) 0.35
- nurses 41 (100.0) 63 (98.4) 67 (95.7) 33 (94.3) 0.40
- nursing assistants 7 (17.1) 10 (15.6) 39 (56.5) 24 (68.6) <0.001
Q8 Do you know whether the patients’ relatives also receive any verbal information on Healthcare-Associated Infection in the ward in which you work?
- Yes 23 (41.1) 41 (60.3) 55 (78.6) 16 (44.4) <0.001
- No 14 (25.0) 3 (4.4) 6 (8.6) 1 (2.8)
- only when the patient cannot read or understand information 13 (23.2) 5 (7.4) 6 (8.6) 10 (27.8)
- only when the patients has acquired an infection 6 (10.7) 19 (27.9) 3 (4.2) 9 (25.0)
Q9 Have you ever been asked for information on Healthcare-Associated Infections by a patient?
- Never/sometimes 55 (98.2) 70 (95.9) 78 (87.6) 67 (95.7) 0.06
- Usually/always 1 (1.8) 3 (4.1) 11 (12.4) 3 (4.3)
Q10 In your opinion, which patients should receive information on the measures to prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections?
- Any inpatient 41 (73.2) 43 (58.9) 64 (71.9) 49 (70.0) 0.51
- Only the inpatients at an increased risk of acquiring a healthcare-associated infection 0 (−) 2 (2.7) 1 (1.1) 2 (2.9)
- Only the patients who are infected 0 (−) 1 (1.4) 2 (2.3) 0 (−)
- Healthcare professionals should determine whether to give information to the patients on a case-by-case basis 15 (26.8) 27 (37.0) 22 (24.7) 19 (27.1)