Date of Graduation

Spring 2015

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Nursing RN/BSN Akron

Research Sponsor

Diane Brown and Connie Chronister

First Reader

Diane Lorenzen

Second Reader

Karyn Morgan


There has been a drastic rise in the number of nosocomial infections of patients in intensive care units. Handwashing is generally accepted as an effective and inexpensive method that healthcare providers in hospital settings can use to decrease the likelihood of nosocomial infections, however, studies have shown that healthcare providers are often not compliant with handwashing protocol. The purpose of this systematic review of literature is to not only obtain information on handwashing compliance and non-compliance among different healthcare providers, but also to identify, describe, and evaluate evidence about the effect of various interventions on handwashing compliance in healthcare providers. This review of literature also aims to address the following question: In healthcare providers, how do handwashing interventions, compared with no interventions, affect immediate and long-term handwashing compliance? A review of literature will allow for a thorough assessment on what interventions will impact long-term handwashing compliance and recommendations for those who do not.

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