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Engaging Direct Care Providers in Improving Infection Prevention and Control Practices Using Participatory Visual Methods

Backman, Chantal PhD, MHA, RN; Bruce, Natalie MScN, RN, CIC; Marck, Patricia PhD, RN; Vanderloo, Saskia MSc

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000169
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The purpose of this quality improvement project was to determine the feasibility of using provider-led participatory visual methods to scrutinize 4 hospital units' infection prevention and control practices. Methods included provider-led photo walkabouts, photo elicitation sessions, and postimprovement photo walkabouts. Nurses readily engaged in using the methods to examine and improve their units' practices and reorganize their work environment.

School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, and, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Dr Backman); Infection Prevention and Control, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Ms Bruce); Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia (Dr Marck); and Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Ms Vanderloo).

Correspondence: Chantal Backman, PhD, MHA, RN, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, 451, Smyth Rd, RGN 3239 Ottawa, ON K1H 8M5 (chantal.backman@uottawa.ca).

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The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted for publication: November 18, 2015

Published ahead of print: December 16, 2015

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