Barriers to infection prevention and control practice among Amhara region teaching hospitals in Ethiopia: Qualitative study

  • Walelegn Worku Yallew University of Gondar https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7332-5688
  • Abera Kumie School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  • Feleke Moges Yehuala Department of Medical Microbiology, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Gondar, Ethiopia

Abstract

Healthcare workers have good perception towards infection prevention, but there has been a poor practice towards it. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore barriers to practice of infection prevention and control practice in teaching hospitals in Amhara region. A phenomenological approach used to explore the lived experience of healthcare workers and management staffs towards infection prevention practice and control. The data was collected from ten in-depth interviews and 23 focus group discussion participants, by face to face interview using open ended interview performed in safe and quiet places. Data was managed using OpenCode software version 4.03 and contents were analyzed thematically. Totally ten different barriers were identified, such as availability of facilities, shortage of material supply, lack of maintenance of facilities and equipment, high patient flow, experience, emergency situation, healthcare worker behaviour and healthcare worker’s information about infection prevention, low awareness of patients and visitors and overflow of families and visitors to the hospital. For effective infection prevention practice implementation, barriers should be considered via identifying specific organizational, healthcare worker, patients and visitors as targets.

Author Biographies

Walelegn Worku Yallew, University of Gondar
Lecturer in the department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety.
Abera Kumie, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
Associate professor of public Health , School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
Feleke Moges Yehuala, Department of Medical Microbiology, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Gondar, Ethiopia
Professor of Microbiology, Department of Medical Microbiology, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Gondar, Ethiopia
Published
2019-04-09
Section
Original Articles