Speech and Language Therapy and infection prevention
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate how compliant speech and language therapy students feel they are in adhering to infection prevention and control procedures and the factors that affect this. DESIGN: A questionnaire survey SETTING: A university offering speech and language therapy as an undergraduate degree course. PARTICIPANTS: 35 speech and language therapy students in their third and fourth year of study. METHODS: A combination of rating scales, true/false statements and open and closed questions were used to measure students’ compliance, knowledge and feelings about infection prevention and control. SPSS was used to administer Pearson’s Chi Square to calculate significance at the P value of < .05 RESULTS: 36 participants out of a possible 50 responded. The study has revealed that students feel they are as compliant as they can possibly be, given the level of training they have. Influencing factors shown to increase compliance are confidence in one’s own ability to adhere correctly, together with training and experience in infection prevention and control. Receiving appropriate information from clinical educators, personal experience of IPC and encountering role models adhering to recommended procedures also affect how compliant participants perceive themselves to be. CONCLUSION: Speech and language therapy students feel they need more information and training regarding infection prevention and control. Therefore, providing speech and language therapy students with knowledge, while ensuring that they acquire the correct practical skills in infection control is important, to ensure safe practice is taught and retained and that compliance and appropriate behaviour becomes the norm.
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