This Evidence Snapshot was commissioned by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to support decision making on management of hospital inpatients to reduce transmission of COVID-19. It looked at the evidence for physical distancing in hospital wards as a means of preventing or reducing transmission of COVID-19. The review found no strong evidence of the effectiveness of physical distancing in preventing or reducing transmission of COVID-19. The eight included peer-reviewed studies looked at physical density or distancing as part of a broader infection control strategy. The review also included 19 peer reviewed commentaries and 7 agency reports.
CitationMoore G, Du Toit A, Knight A, Thompson S, Gordon R, Taha H, Sharma S. Hutchinson J, Davenport D. 2020. Physical density to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in hospital wards: an Evidence Snapshot brokered by the Sax Institute for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, 2020.