Online Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework

Contact information:  

Andalusian Agency for Healthcare Quality (Andalusian Patient Safety Observatory), Spain
Marta Vázquez, [email protected]


Originally developed by: Andalusian Agency for Healthcare Quality (Andalusian Patient Safety Observatory), Spain.
Country of origin: Spain
Year of development: 2011
Next update: 2013
Available in the following languages: English, Spanish

Type of tool: tool for evaluation and feedback

Short description

Online version of the WHO questionnaires “Hand Hygiene Knowledge Questionnaire for Health-Care Workers” and “Perception Survey for Health-Care Workers”.
The questionnaires can be completed by as many healthcare professionals as the centre wants, so the centre can get information about  the perception and knowledge of the staff on hand hygiene and can track their progress.
The implementation process is easy and quick, since the interested professionals can access to the questionnaire via web. The centre just needs a username and password, provided by us, to have access to all the data.
These tool are extensions of questionnaires validated by WHO, and facilitate the evaluation and use of obtained data.

Target audience

Healthcare centres (hospitals, primary care or emergency teams); the questionnaire should be filled in by one person responsible for patient safety in the centre

Applicability (setting e.g. inpatient care, outpatient care, long term care etc.)

Every healthcare centre or unit

Information on how the tool has been applied/tested in practice

Since its launch in 2010, the questionnaire has been filled in 846 times by 220 centres (hospitals, primary care and emergency units) in Andalusia and also in other regions in Spain.

Needed resources (financial, material, human)

Not many financial, material or human resources are needed.
The tool is developed on an open-source software, so its use is free of charge.
The only needed resource is the translation, in case one wants to use it in a different language from English and Spanish.

Needed time for implementation

Few days

Strengths and limitations

Strengths: Easy to implement, to use and to access. No training needed.