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Table 3 Answers given by healthcare workers stratified by qualification

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

Question Question asked to the healthcare workers Physicians (n = 79) Nurses (n = 124) Nursing assistants (n = 85) p
Q1 Do you know whether any WRITTEN information on Healthcare-Associated Infections is distributed to all inpatients at admission?
- Yes 36 (45.6) 76 (61.3) 44 (51.8) 0.08
- No 43 (54.4) 48 (38.7) 41 (48.2)  
If yes:
Q5 ▪ Who usually delivers informational material on Healthcare-Associated Infections to inpatients?a
- physicians 0 (−) 0 (−) 0 (−) -
- nurses 34 (97.1) 70 (93.3) 41 (97.6) 0.60
- nursing assistants 0 (−) 9 (12.0) 10 (23.8) 0.004
Q11 ▪ Have you ever delivered it to your inpatients?a
- never/sometimes 36 (100.0) 35 (46.0) 43 (97.7) <0.001
- usually/always 0 (0.0) 41 (54.0) 1 (2.3)
Q7 If inpatients receive any verbal information on Healthcare-Associated Infections in the ward you are working in, who usually gives it?
- physicians 40 (74.1) 48 (55.8) 56 (82.4) 0.001
- nurses 52 (96.3) 84 (97.7) 68 (97.1) 0.88
-nursing assistants 12 (22.6) 32 (37.2) 36 (51.4) 0.005
Q12 Have you ever given verbal information on healthcare workers to your inpatients?
- never/sometimes 59 (74.7) 83 (66.9) 62 (72.9) 0.44
- usually/always 20 (25.3) 41 (33.1) 23 (27.1)
Q9 Have you ever been asked for information on Healthcare-Associated Infections by a patient?
- never/sometimes 76 (96.2) 113 (91.1) 81 (95.3) 0.32
- usually/always 3 (3.8) 11 (8.9) 4 (4.7)
Q10 In your opinion, which patients should receive information on the measures to prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections?
- Any inpatient 44 (55.7) 90 (72.6) 63 (74.1) 0.01
- Only the inpatients at an increased risk of acquiring a healthcare-associated infection 4 (5.1) 1 (0.8) 0 (−)
- Only the patients who are infected 2 (2.5) 0 (−) 1 (1.2)
- Healthcare professionals should determine whether to give the information to the patient on a case by case basis 29 (36.7) 33 (26.6) 21 (24.7)
  1. Q5: multiple response question
  2. aQuestions asked only to HCWs who declared that any informational material was delivered to inpatients in the hospital where they were working (36 physicians, 76 nurses and 44nursing assistants)