Rehabilitation Nurses’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors for Preventing Urinary Tract Infections From Intermittent Catheterization

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this study was to develop and examine the reliability of a survey to assess knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors (KAB) of rehabilitation nurses for preventing urinary tract infections in persons requiring intermittent catheterization.

Design

Cross-sectional survey with principal component analysis.

Methods

Survey development and administration based on national guidelines.

Findings

Principal component analysis produced three reliable components of KAB explaining 54.5% of response variance. Results indicate that nurses report adequate knowledge and training. Although the facility had an evidence-based online catheterization procedure, staff reported that the procedure was not helpful nor useable. Twenty-eight percent incorrectly identified the root cause of urinary tract infection, and 45% reported that other nurses always washed their hands. Barriers to using standard intermittent catheterization technique were staff, time, and patient variables.

Conclusion

The modified survey is a reliable measure of KAB.

Clinical Relevance

The survey assists with identifying knowledge gaps, customizing education, and changing practice.

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