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GPs can improve their hand washing habits

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 25 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:869
  1. Barbara Michiels, general practitioner,
  2. Dirk Avonts, professor.,
  3. Paul van Royen, professor.,
  4. Joke Denekens, professor.
  1. Centre for General Practice Antwerp, University of Anwerp, B-2610 Antwerp, Belgium

    EDITOR—The Handwashing Liaison Group states that hand washing habits among hospital staff could be improved.1 This statement can be extrapolated to include those working in primary care. From January to March 1999 a computer randomised sample of 230 doctors registered with the Scientific Organisation of Flemish General Practitioners was interviewed by telephone, and 200 took part. They were asked if they washed their hands after each contact with a patient. A total of 126 of those asked washed their hands after …

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