Bare below the elbows: A comparative study of a tertiary and district general hospital

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/303549
Title:
Bare below the elbows: A comparative study of a tertiary and district general hospital
Authors:
Collins, AM; Connaughton, J; Hill, ADK; Ridgway, PF
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal (IMJ)
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal (IMJ)
Issue Date:
Oct-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/303549
Abstract:
A Bare Below the Elbows (BBTE) dress code policy has been introduced by the majority of NHS trusts in the UK. The aim of this Irish study was to evaluate the impact of an educational intervention on perception of medical attire. The study was carried out in two centres: a tertiary referral centre (Beaumont Hospital) and a district hospital (MRH, Portlaoise). Two questionnaires, incorporating photographic evaluation of appropriate attire for consultants and junior doctors, were completed pre and post BBTE education. One hundred and five patients participated. Analysis pre BBTE education indicated patients considered formal attire and white coats most appropriate for consultants and junior doctors respectively. Post-intervention analysis revealed a significant reduction in the popularity of both (p <0.001), with scrubs and smart casual attire gaining significant support in both cohorts (p <0.001). Our findings demonstrated that patient opinion on medical attire is malleable. The support of such a policy may be achieved if patients are informed that the aim is to reduce the spread of healthcare-associated infections.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
MEDICAL STAFF; INFECTION CONTROL
Local subject classification:
MEDICAL ATTIRE

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCollins, AMen_GB
dc.contributor.authorConnaughton, Jen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHill, ADKen_GB
dc.contributor.authorRidgway, PFen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-17T16:14:20Z-
dc.date.available2013-10-17T16:14:20Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/303549-
dc.description.abstractA Bare Below the Elbows (BBTE) dress code policy has been introduced by the majority of NHS trusts in the UK. The aim of this Irish study was to evaluate the impact of an educational intervention on perception of medical attire. The study was carried out in two centres: a tertiary referral centre (Beaumont Hospital) and a district hospital (MRH, Portlaoise). Two questionnaires, incorporating photographic evaluation of appropriate attire for consultants and junior doctors, were completed pre and post BBTE education. One hundred and five patients participated. Analysis pre BBTE education indicated patients considered formal attire and white coats most appropriate for consultants and junior doctors respectively. Post-intervention analysis revealed a significant reduction in the popularity of both (p <0.001), with scrubs and smart casual attire gaining significant support in both cohorts (p <0.001). Our findings demonstrated that patient opinion on medical attire is malleable. The support of such a policy may be achieved if patients are informed that the aim is to reduce the spread of healthcare-associated infections.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journal (IMJ)en_GB
dc.subjectMEDICAL STAFFen_GB
dc.subjectINFECTION CONTROLen_GB
dc.subject.otherMEDICAL ATTIREen_GB
dc.titleBare below the elbows: A comparative study of a tertiary and district general hospitalen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journal (IMJ)en_GB
dc.description.fundingNo fundingen
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen
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