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Why language matters: a tour through hand hygiene literature

Overview of attention for article published in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, June 2017
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Title
Why language matters: a tour through hand hygiene literature
Published in
Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, June 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13756-017-0218-8
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Authors

Daniela Pires, Ermira Tartari, Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, Didier Pittet

Abstract

Hand hygiene has evolved over the last decades and many terminologies emerged. We aimed to analyse the evolution in the frequency of utilization of key hand hygiene terms in the literature along the years. We identified keywords and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used in MEDLINE® indexation related to hand hygiene by searching international guidelines and the MeSH database. We performed a MEDLINE® search combining the selected keywords and MeSH and analysed the number of publications retrieved yearly. The literature search yielded 9019 publications when all hand hygiene related search terms were combined, between 1921 and November 2016. The total number of publications per year increased from a median of 4 (IQR 3, 6) in the 1950's to 554 (IQR 478, 583) between 2011 and 2015. The most frequently used keywords are hand disinfection, hand hygiene, hand washing, handrub, hand sanitizer and alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR). Until the 1990s, hand disinfection and hand washing were the most frequently used terms. Whilst the last decade has seen a remarkable increase in publications mentioning hand disinfection and hand hygiene and for the first time handrub, hand sanitizers and ABHR were introduced in the literature. Hand disinfection, hand hygiene and hand sanitizers are the main MeSH used by MEDLINE®. Since 2013 hand hygiene is the most frequently used MeSH and keyword. The change seen in literature in the last two decades, from hand washing and hand disinfection to hand hygiene, most probably reflect the paradigm shift favouring use of ABHR over soap and water promoted by international guidelines in the early 2000s.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 12 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 2 17%
Unspecified 1 8%
Other 1 8%
Librarian 1 8%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 8%
Other 2 17%
Unknown 4 33%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 2 17%
Environmental Science 1 8%
Unspecified 1 8%
Chemical Engineering 1 8%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 8%
Other 3 25%
Unknown 3 25%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 16. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 03 March 2018.
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#1,439,013
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