Perceptions of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and hand hygiene provider training and patient education: Results of a mixed method study of health care providers in Department of Veterans Affairs spinal cord injury and disorder units

Jennifer N. Hill, Timothy P. Hogan, Kenzie A. Cameron, Marylou Guihan, Barry Goldstein, Martin E. Evans, Charlesnika T. Evans

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Background The goal of this study was to assess current practices for training of spinal cord injury and disorder (SCI/D) health care workers and education of veterans with SCI/D in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spinal cord injury (SCI) centers on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) prevention. Methods Mixed methods. A Web-based survey was distributed to 673 VA SCI/D providers across 24 SCI centers; 21 acute care and 1 long-term care facility participated. There were 295 that responded, 228 had complete data and were included in this analysis. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 30 SCI/D providers across 9 SCI centers. Results Nurses, physicians, and therapists represent most respondents (92.1%, n = 210); over half (56.6%, n = 129) were nurses. Of providers, 75.9% (n = 173) reported receiving excellent or good training on how to educate patients about MRSA. However, nurses were more likely to report having excellent or good training for how to educate patients about MRSA (P =.005). Despite this, only 63.6% (n = 82) of nurses perceived the education they provide patients on how MRSA is transmitted as excellent or good. Conclusion Despite health care workers reporting receiving excellent or good training on MRSA-related topics, this did not translate to excellent or good education for patients, suggesting that health care workers need additional training for educating patients. Population-specific MRSA prevention educational materials may also assist providers in educating patients about MRSA prevention for individuals with SCI/D.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)834-840
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2014



  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • Patient education
  • Provider training
  • Spinal cord injury and disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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