The role and utilisation of public health evaluations in Europe: a case study of national hand hygiene campaigns

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/315232
Title:
The role and utilisation of public health evaluations in Europe: a case study of national hand hygiene campaigns
Authors:
Latham, Jonathan R; Magiorakos, Anna-Pelagia; Monnet, Dominique L; Alleaume, Sophie; Aspevall, Olov; Blacky, Alexander; Borg, Michael; Ciurus, Maria; Spanish Hand Hygiene Campaign; Costa, Ana C; Cunney, Robert; Dolinšek, Mojca; Dumpis, Uga; Erne, Sabine; Gudlaugsson, Olafur; Hedlova, Dana; Heisbourg, Elisabeth; Holt, Jette; Kerbo, Natalia; Sorknes, Nina K; Lyytikäinen, Outi; Maltezou, Helena C; Michael, Stavroula; Moro, Maria L; Reichardt, Christiane; Stefkovicova, Maria; Szilágyi, Emese; Valinteliene, Rolanda; Vatcheva-Dobrevska, Rossitza; Viseur, Natacha; Voss, Andreas; Woodward, Suzette; Cordier, Laura; Jansen, Andreas
Citation:
BMC Public Health. 2014 Feb 07;14(1):131
Issue Date:
7-Feb-2014
URI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-131; http://hdl.handle.net/10147/315232
Abstract:
Abstract Background Evaluations are essential to judge the success of public health programmes. In Europe, the proportion of public health programmes that undergo evaluation remains unclear. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control sought to determine the frequency of evaluations amongst European national public health programmes by using national hand hygiene campaigns as an example of intervention. Methods A cohort of all national hand hygiene campaigns initiated between 2000 and 2012 was utilised for the analysis. The aim was to collect information about evaluations of hand hygiene campaigns and their frequency. The survey was sent to nominated contact points for healthcare-associated infection surveillance in European Union and European Economic Area Member States. Results Thirty-six hand hygiene campaigns in 20 countries were performed between 2000 and 2012. Of these, 50% had undergone an evaluation and 55% of those utilised the WHO hand hygiene intervention self-assessment tool. Evaluations utilised a variety of methodologies and indicators in assessing changes in hand hygiene behaviours pre and post intervention. Of the 50% of campaigns that were not evaluated, two thirds reported that both human and financial resource constraints posed significant barriers for the evaluation. Conclusion The study identified an upward trend in the number of hand hygiene campaigns implemented in Europe. It is likely that the availability of the internationally-accepted evaluation methodology developed by the WHO contributed to the evaluation of more hand hygiene campaigns in Europe. Despite this rise, hand hygiene campaigns appear to be under-evaluated. The development of simple, programme-specific, standardised guidelines, evaluation indicators and other evidence-based public health materials could help promote evaluations across all areas of public health.
Language:
en
Keywords:
PUBLIC HEALTH; INFECTION CONTROL
Local subject classification:
HAND HYGIENE

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dc.contributor.authorLatham, Jonathan Ren_GB
dc.contributor.authorMagiorakos, Anna-Pelagiaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMonnet, Dominique Len_GB
dc.contributor.authorAlleaume, Sophieen_GB
dc.contributor.authorAspevall, Oloven_GB
dc.contributor.authorBlacky, Alexanderen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBorg, Michaelen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCiurus, Mariaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSpanish Hand Hygiene Campaignen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCosta, Ana Cen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCunney, Roberten_GB
dc.contributor.authorDolinšek, Mojcaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDumpis, Ugaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorErne, Sabineen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGudlaugsson, Olafuren_GB
dc.contributor.authorHedlova, Danaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHeisbourg, Elisabethen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHolt, Jetteen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKerbo, Nataliaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSorknes, Nina Ken_GB
dc.contributor.authorLyytikäinen, Outien_GB
dc.contributor.authorMaltezou, Helena Cen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMichael, Stavroulaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMoro, Maria Len_GB
dc.contributor.authorReichardt, Christianeen_GB
dc.contributor.authorStefkovicova, Mariaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSzilágyi, Emeseen_GB
dc.contributor.authorValinteliene, Rolandaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorVatcheva-Dobrevska, Rossitzaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorViseur, Natachaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorVoss, Andreasen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWoodward, Suzetteen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCordier, Lauraen_GB
dc.contributor.authorJansen, Andreasen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-03T13:02:38Z-
dc.date.available2014-04-03T13:02:38Z-
dc.date.issued2014-02-07-
dc.identifier.citationBMC Public Health. 2014 Feb 07;14(1):131en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-14-131-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/315232-
dc.description.abstractAbstract Background Evaluations are essential to judge the success of public health programmes. In Europe, the proportion of public health programmes that undergo evaluation remains unclear. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control sought to determine the frequency of evaluations amongst European national public health programmes by using national hand hygiene campaigns as an example of intervention. Methods A cohort of all national hand hygiene campaigns initiated between 2000 and 2012 was utilised for the analysis. The aim was to collect information about evaluations of hand hygiene campaigns and their frequency. The survey was sent to nominated contact points for healthcare-associated infection surveillance in European Union and European Economic Area Member States. Results Thirty-six hand hygiene campaigns in 20 countries were performed between 2000 and 2012. Of these, 50% had undergone an evaluation and 55% of those utilised the WHO hand hygiene intervention self-assessment tool. Evaluations utilised a variety of methodologies and indicators in assessing changes in hand hygiene behaviours pre and post intervention. Of the 50% of campaigns that were not evaluated, two thirds reported that both human and financial resource constraints posed significant barriers for the evaluation. Conclusion The study identified an upward trend in the number of hand hygiene campaigns implemented in Europe. It is likely that the availability of the internationally-accepted evaluation methodology developed by the WHO contributed to the evaluation of more hand hygiene campaigns in Europe. Despite this rise, hand hygiene campaigns appear to be under-evaluated. The development of simple, programme-specific, standardised guidelines, evaluation indicators and other evidence-based public health materials could help promote evaluations across all areas of public health.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectPUBLIC HEALTHen_GB
dc.subjectINFECTION CONTROLen_GB
dc.subject.otherHAND HYGIENEen_GB
dc.titleThe role and utilisation of public health evaluations in Europe: a case study of national hand hygiene campaignsen_GB
dc.language.rfc3066en-
dc.rights.holderJonathan R Latham et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.-
dc.description.statusPeer Reviewed-
dc.date.updated2014-04-02T10:40:06Z-
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