22 March 2021.

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.

Citation: Moore 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.

Date of publication: October 2020.