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Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of food service staff regarding food hygiene in Shiraz, Iran.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14756213     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The practice of safety measures by the food service staff in hospitals is necessary for the prevention of food-borne outbreaks. Hospitalized patients are more vulnerable to potential hazards, and neglecting these principles can lead to increased morbidity and mortality. METHODS: We assessed the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of food service staff regarding food hygiene in government and private hospitals in Shiraz, Iran. Two questionnaires were designed, one for food service staff and the other for supervisors. Thirty-one hospitals were approached, and the response rate was 99.5%. Four models were developed regarding knowledge, attitudes, and practices, and a multiple logistic regression analysis was performed. Comparison among the government and private hospitals was done. RESULTS: This study showed that personnel had little knowledge regarding the pathogens that cause food-borne diseases and the correct temperature for the storage of hot or cold ready-to-eat foods. Older personnel had better attitudes and practices. Females practiced safety measures less often than did males. Personnel working in hospitals with fewer than 300 beds also had better practices. Most of the personnel had positive attitudes, but disparity between attitude and practice was noted. CONCLUSION: There is a dire need for education and increased awareness among food service staff regarding safe food handling practices.
Mehrdad Askarian; Gholamhosein Kabir; Maria Aminbaig; Ziad A Memish; Peyman Jafari
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infection control and hospital epidemiology : the official journal of the Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0899-823X     ISO Abbreviation:  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol     Publication Date:  2004 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-02-03     Completed Date:  2004-04-30     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804099     Medline TA:  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  16-20     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Community Medicine Department, Shiraz Medical School, Shiraz, Iran.
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MeSH Terms
Food Handling / standards
Food Service, Hospital / manpower,  standards*
Foodborne Diseases / prevention & control*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Infection Control*
Logistic Models
Middle Aged
Multivariate Analysis
Personnel, Hospital / education*,  standards
Professional Practice

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