Credentialing of Australian and New Zealand infection control professionals: An exploratory study

MacBeth, Deborough, Hall, Lisa, Halton, Kate, Gardner, Anne, & Mitchell, Brett G. (2016) Credentialing of Australian and New Zealand infection control professionals: An exploratory study. American Journal of Infection Control. (In Press)

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Abstract

Background

Despite evidence from overseas that certification and credentialing of infection control professionals (ICPs) is important to patient outcomes, there are no standardized requirements for the education and preparation of ICPs in Australia. A credentialing process (now managed by the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control) has been in existence since 2000; however, no evaluation has occurred.

Methods

A cross-sectional study design was used to identify the perceived barriers to credentialing and the characteristics of credentialed ICPs.

Results

There were 300 responses received; 45 (15%) of participants were credentialed. Noncredentialed ICPs identified barriers to credentialing as no employer requirement and no associated remuneration. Generally credentialed ICPs were more likely to hold higher degrees and have more infection control experience than their noncredentialed colleagues.

Conclusions

The credentialing process itself may assist in supporting ICP development by providing an opportunity for reflection and feedback from peer review. Further, the process may assist ICPs in being flexible and adaptable to the challenging and ever-changing environment that is infection control.

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ID Code: 94341
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Credentialing; certification; professional; capability; competence
DOI: 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.01.026
ISSN: 0196-6553
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.
Copyright Statement: This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Deposited On: 01 Apr 2016 00:48
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 05:40

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