Understanding infection prevention and control in nursing homes: A qualitative study

Patricia W. Stone, Carolyn T.A. Herzig, Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz, Eileen Carter, Ragnhildur I. Bjarnadottir, Patricia K. Semeraro, Catherine C. Cohen, Jasmine Travers, Steven Schweon

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Infections have been identified as a priority issue in nursing homes (NHs). We conducted a qualitative study purposively sampling 10 NHs across the country where 6-8 employees were recruited (N = 73). Semi-structured, open-ended guides were used to conduct in-depth interviews. Data were audiotaped, transcribed and a content analysis was performed. Five themes emerged: 'Residents' Needs', 'Roles and Training' 'Using Infection Data,' 'External Resources' and 'Focus on Hand Hygiene.' Infection prevention was a priority in the NHs visited. While all sites had hand hygiene programs, other recommended areas were not a focus and many sites were not aware of available resources. Developing ways to ensure effective, efficient and standardized infection prevention and control in NHs continues to be a national priority.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-272
Number of pages6
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Healthcare-associated infections
  • Infection prevention
  • Long-term care
  • Nursing homes
  • Qualitative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology


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