Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing
Research Article

Perceptions of Infection Control Practices and the use of Vignettes to Alter Infection Control Behavior: A Feasibility Study


Centre for Research and Development, Uppsala University, Gävle, Sweden


Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Gävle, Sweden

Florence Nightingale J Nurs 2019; 27: 231-240
DOI: 10.5152/FNJN.2019.19005
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Aim: To explore the perceptions ofinfection control practices among healthcare personnel and evaluate the use ofauthentic vignettes as a means to alter infection control behavior.

Method: Four authentic vignettes were usedas a part of reflective dialogues with healthcare personnel. An evaluation ofthe dialogues was performed with six healthcare personnel using the focus grouptechnique. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze the data.

Results: The mind-set to help one anotherand do one’s best in every situation was described as a core aspect inpreventing the transmission of microorganisms. Having support, taking personalresponsibility, being knowledgeable about infection control practices, andhaving a reasonable workload were seen to play decisive roles in controllingthe spread of infection. Discussing authentic comprehensible vignettes withcolleagues during the allotted time was considered a valuable method forimproving infection control practices.

Conclusion: Meaningful insights on how bestto use vignettes as a means to improve infection control practice were gained.These findings should be considered when designing theory-driven interventionsin different contexts, which are aimed at improving infection control practicesin health care.

Cite this article as: Lindberg M, Skytt B,Lindberg M. (2019). Perceptions of infection control practices and the use ofVignettes to Alter Infection Control Behavior: A feasibility study. FNJNFlorence Nightingale Journal of Nursing, 27(3): 231-240.

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