- Isolated patients were more likely to report problems with physician communication (treatment with respect and courtesy, careful listening, understandable explanations)
- Isolated patients less commonly reported obtaining timely help after pressing the call button and less help with toileting
- Isolated patients more commonly reported that their room was not kept clean
- Isolated patients were less likely to recommend the hospital to friends and family
It's worth repeating that isolation is the only intervention in medical care in which the person receiving the intervention bears all the burden and accrues none of the benefit. In hospitals where compliance with hand hygiene is high, it's time to re-evaluate the incremental benefit of contact precautions on transmission of multidrug resistant organisms.