In a study published in The Lancet Infectious disease in 2013 (Allegranzi et al., 2013) it was noted that the hands of doctors were not as clean as those of nurses.
Research was undertaken to assess compliance to the implementation of the WHO’s (World Health Organisation) Hand Hygiene Programme.
The research was undertaken in 43 hospitals situated in Africa, Costa Rica, Italy, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
The study found that nurses were far more compliant with hand hygiene (71%) then doctors who were only 60% compliant.
The implementation of the hand hygiene programme improved overall hand hygiene compliance from 51% to 67%.
ALLEGRANZI, B., GAYET-AGERON, A., DAMANI, N., BENGALY, L., MCLAWS, M.-L., MORO, M.-L., MEMISH, Z., URROZ, O., RICHET, H. & STORR, J. 2013. Global implementation of WHO’s multimodal strategy for improvement of hand hygiene: a quasi-experimental study. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 13, 843-851.