Presentation Type

Poster

Title of Abstract

Sandals to Shoes: Understanding Footwear Use Preferences of Healthcare Providers in Rural India

Abstract

The intention of the study is to understand factors that drive the
preference of Indian healthcare providers to use sandals from a shared
pool of sandals rather than their personal closed toed shoes in the
healthcare setting. This practice can result in injuries relating to
slip and fall, bloodborne pathogens, and sharps. The initial phase of
this pilot study will collect recorded interviews with twenty practicing
Hillsborough County physicians who were born, raised, and educated in
India. The second phase will extend web-based recorded interviewing to
healthcare providers practicing in India. This interview data will be
used to create a survey that will illuminate social, cultural,
educational, religious, economic, and other factors that contribute to
the use of shared open-toed footwear in medical settings. Also of
interest is the utility of technology to overcome global research
barriers and perform web-based background study, data collection, and
study implementation.

Categories

Social Sciences

Research Type

Research Assistant

Mentor Information

Dr. Kay Perrin

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Sandals to Shoes: Understanding Footwear Use Preferences of Healthcare Providers in Rural India

The intention of the study is to understand factors that drive the
preference of Indian healthcare providers to use sandals from a shared
pool of sandals rather than their personal closed toed shoes in the
healthcare setting. This practice can result in injuries relating to
slip and fall, bloodborne pathogens, and sharps. The initial phase of
this pilot study will collect recorded interviews with twenty practicing
Hillsborough County physicians who were born, raised, and educated in
India. The second phase will extend web-based recorded interviewing to
healthcare providers practicing in India. This interview data will be
used to create a survey that will illuminate social, cultural,
educational, religious, economic, and other factors that contribute to
the use of shared open-toed footwear in medical settings. Also of
interest is the utility of technology to overcome global research
barriers and perform web-based background study, data collection, and
study implementation.