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Table 1 Summary of keywords commonly used in hand hygiene literature and number of publications retrieved by the indicated search strategy

From: Why language matters: a tour through hand hygiene literature

Hand hygiene literature commonly used keywordsa Search strategyb Number of articles Search detailsc
hand hygiene “hand hygiene”[Mesh] 5401 “Hand Hygiene”[Mesh]
“hand hygiene” 3085 “hand hygiene”[All Fields]
hand disinfection “hand disinfection”[Mesh] 4868 “hand disinfection”[Mesh]
hand disinf* 5083 hand disinfectant[All Fields] OR hand disinfectants[All Fields] OR hand disinfection[All Fields] OR hand disinfections[All Fields]
hand sanitizers “hand sanitizers”[Mesh] 66 “hand sanitizers”[Mesh]
hand sanit* 317 hand sanitation[All Fields] OR hand sanitiser[All Fields] OR hand sanitisers[All Fields] OR hand sanitising[All Fields] OR hand sanitization[All Fields] OR hand sanitizer[All Fields] OR hand sanitizers[All Fields] OR hand sanitizing[All Fields]
hand washing “hand washing “OR “handwashing “OR “hand wash“ 3564 “hand washing”[All Fields] OR “handwashing”[All Fields] OR “hand wash”[All Fields]
hand rubbing hand rub* OR handrubbing 532 (hand rub[All Fields] OR hand rubbing[All Fields] OR hand rubs[All Fields]) OR handrubbing[All Fields]
surgical scrubbing surgical scrub* 271 surgical scrub[All Fields] OR surgical scrubbing [All Fields] OR surgical scrubs [All Fields]
hand cleansing hand cleans* 95 hand cleanser[All Fields] OR hand cleansers [All Fields] OR hand cleansing [All Fields]
hand decontamination hand deconta* 59 hand decontaminants[All Fields] OR hand decontaminating[All Fields] OR hand decontamination[All Fields]
hand cleaning “hand cleaning“ 34 “hand cleaning”[All Fields]
hand antisepsis hand-antisep* 126 hand antisepsis[All Fields] OR hand antiseptic[All Fields] OR hand antiseptics[All Fields]
alcohol-based hand rub alcohol-based hand rub* 306 alcohol based hand rub[All Fields] OR alcohol based hand rubbing[All Fields] OR alcohol based hand rubs[All Fields]
ALL keywords ALL keywordsd 9019 e
  1. Search performed on the 03th of November of 2016
  2. aThe terms used for search resulted from a consensus between the authors
  3. bThe terms are stated as typed in PubMed®
  4. cRefers to the content shown on the search details box on the NCBI home page after typing the specific MEDELINE® strategy stated
  5. dThe search strategy used was: (“Hand Hygiene”[Mesh] OR “hand hygiene” OR “hand disinfection”[Mesh] OR hand disinf* OR “hand sanitizers”[Mesh] OR hand sanit* OR “hand washing” OR “handwashing” OR “hand wash” OR hand rub* OR “handrubbing” OR hand cleans* OR hand deconta* OR “hand cleaning” OR alcohol-based hand rub* OR hand-antisep* OR surgical scrub*)
  6. eThe search details retrieved were: (“Hand Hygiene”[Mesh] OR “hand hygiene”[All Fields] OR “hand disinfection”[Mesh] OR (hand disinfectant[All Fields] OR hand disinfectants[All Fields] OR hand disinfection[All Fields] OR hand disinfections[All Fields]) OR “hand sanitizers”[Mesh] OR (hand sanitation[All Fields] OR hand sanitiser[All Fields] OR hand sanitisers[All Fields] OR hand sanitising[All Fields] OR hand sanitization[All Fields] OR hand sanitizer[All Fields] OR hand sanitizers[All Fields] OR hand sanitizing[All Fields]) OR “hand washing”[All Fields] OR “handwashing”[All Fields] OR “hand wash”[All Fields] OR (hand rub[All Fields] OR hand rubbing[All Fields] OR hand rubs[All Fields]) OR “handrubbing”[All Fields] OR (hand cleanser[All Fields] OR hand cleansers[All Fields] OR hand cleansing[All Fields]) OR (hand decontaminants[All Fields] OR hand decontaminating[All Fields] OR hand decontamination[All Fields]) OR “hand cleaning”[All Fields] OR (alcohol based hand rub[All Fields] OR alcohol based hand rubbing[All Fields] OR alcohol based hand rubs[All Fields]) OR (hand antisepsis[All Fields] OR hand antiseptic[All Fields] OR hand antiseptics[All Fields]) OR (surgical scrub[All Fields] OR surgical scrubbing[All Fields] OR surgical scrubs[All Fields])