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Bader Raddad Altalhi Sayed Shahbal Abdullah Awad Almalki Hitham Mohammed Alzahrani ‏Fahda Abdullah Aljuaid Majed Mohsen Althagafi Mamdoh Sultan Alasmri Mohammad Saleh Almalki Mohammed Mesfer Alzaydi Sara Eidah Aloufi Sulaiman Odah Alzahrani

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Background: Education in infection control plays a crucial role in enhancing the readiness of healthcare professionals to prevent and manage infectious diseases. The primary goal of this comprehensive review is to assess how various infection control education programs and interventions have elevated the knowledge and practices of healthcare professionals. Aim: The primary aim of this review is to examine the impact of infection control education programs on healthcare professionals' knowledge and practices. Method: A comprehensive literature search was conducted across multiple databases, yielding 134,000 research articles. After applying inclusion and exclusion criteria, 15 studies were selected for analysis. The methodological quality of each study was assessed using a predefined matrix, considering factors such as study design, sample size, and methodology. The studies' outcomes were statistically analyzed and key themes and trends were identified. Results: The selected studies collectively demonstrated the positive impact of infection control education programs on healthcare professionals' knowledge and practices. Various interventions, including standardized patient interactions, peer role-play, educational workshops, and virtual reality simulations, exhibited significant improvements in infection control knowledge and self-efficacy. The studies also highlighted the role of contextual factors and individual perceptions in influencing compliance with infection control protocols. Conclusion: This systematic review underscores the effectiveness of tailored infection control education programs in enhancing healthcare professionals' knowledge and practices. The diverse range of interventions and methods explored within the selected studies suggests the value of multifaceted educational approaches. To make progress, it is essential to fully incorporate evidence-based educational strategies. This integration will play a significant role in enhancing infection prevention, patient safety, and the overall quality of healthcare.

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Keywords

Infection Control Education, Healthcare Professionals, Knowledge Enhancement, Practices, Systematic Review, Interventions, Patient Safety, Evidence-Based Education.

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