Implementation of Recommendations for Hand Eczema Through a Multifaceted Strategy. A Process Evaluation Among Health Care Workers

Esther W. C. Van Der Meer, Cecile R. L. Boot*, Frank H. W. Jungbauer, Pieter Jan Coenraads, Joost W. J. Van Der Gulden, Johannes R. Anema

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Process data give important insights into how an intervention is implemented. The aim of the present study is to conduct a process evaluation, alongside a randomised controlled trail, on the implementation of recommendations for the prevention of hand eczema. The intervention was carried out in healthcare workers' departments and consisted of working groups and role models. The role models were selected based on their representativeness, their influence on colleagues, and their motivation. The focus of the working group was to implement recommendations for hand eczema at the department by choosing solutions to overcome barriers for implementation. Out of the 104 solutions, 87 were realised. Solutions regarding moisturisers and use of cotton under gloves, were used by 90.9% and 30.8% of the employees, respectively. Of all participants, 58.2% actively engaged with the role models. This process evaluation showed that the intervention was executed according to protocol and that the solutions were implemented well. However, the role model component in the intervention should be improved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-657
Number of pages7
JournalActa dermato-venereologica
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • process evaluation
  • implementation
  • hand eczema
  • health care workers

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