Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors about hand hygiene among students training in health departments of two universities.
Methods: This descriptive study was conducted between January-February 2018. A total of 480 students training in nursing and elderly care/anesthesia departments were included in the sampling. Data were analyzed by SPSS 17.0 package program with using percentage, mean, chi-square test. In analysis p<0.05 value was considered statistically significant.
Results: Of the study group, 71,2% were female, 65,6% were in nursing department and the mean age was 20,80±1,90 years. In our study, 73,5% of the students knew that dirty hands of health workers was the main road for crossing the harmful microorganisms and it was significantly higher in nursing department (p<0.05). The knowledge of both practices was higher in nursing department than in elderly care/ anesthesia (p<0.05). Only a quarter of all students knew that the minimum time required for alcohol-based handrubbing effects on microorganisms and it was significantly higher in nursing department (p<0.05).
Conclusions: There was a big gap on hand hygiene knowledge, attitude and behaviors in both two departments. Gender and residence region were effective on hand hygiene behaviors.
Key words: Hand hygiene, knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, university students