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An in-home video study and questionnaire survey of food preparation, kitchen sanitation, and hand washing practices.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20556938     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Foodborne illnesses pose a problem to all individuals but are especially significant for infants, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems. Personal hygiene is recognized as the number-one way people can lower their risk. The majority of meals in the U.S. are eaten at home. Little is known, however, about the actual application of personal hygiene and sanitation behaviors in the home. The study discussed in this article assessed knowledge of hygiene practices compared to observed behaviors and determined whether knowledge equated to practice. It was a descriptive study involving a convenience sample of 30 households. Subjects were recruited from the Boston area and a researcher and/or a research assistant traveled to the homes of study participants to videotape a standard food preparation procedure preceded by floor mopping. The results highlight the differences between individuals' reported beliefs and actual practice. This information can aid food safety and other health professionals in targeting food safety education so that consumers understand their own critical role in decreasing their risk for foodborne illness.
Elizabeth Scott; Nancie Herbold
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of environmental health     Volume:  72     ISSN:  0022-0892     ISO Abbreviation:  J Environ Health     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-18     Completed Date:  2010-07-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0405525     Medline TA:  J Environ Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  8-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biology, Center for Hygiene and Health in the Home and Community, Simmons College, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Data Collection
Family Characteristics
Food Handling / methods*,  statistics & numerical data
Food Inspection / methods,  statistics & numerical data
Foodborne Diseases / prevention & control*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Middle Aged
Occupational Health / statistics & numerical data
Risk Factors
Safety / statistics & numerical data
Sanitation / methods*,  statistics & numerical data
Video Recording*

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