Impact of observation and analysis methodology when reporting hand hygiene data

Infection Control Programme, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland.
The Journal of hospital infection (Impact Factor: 2.78). 02/2011; 77(4):358-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2010.12.008
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