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'Hawthorne effect' sways hand hygiene compliance

'Hawthorne effect' sways hand hygiene compliance
May 6, 2015

Researchers from Germany observed a marked influence of the Hawthorne effect on hand hygiene compliance among health care workers in an ICU.

Direct human observation is considered the gold standard of monitoring hand hygiene compliance of health care workers (HCWs). However, few studies have examined the magnitude of the Hawthorne effect, which refers to the tendency of people to behave differently when they know they are being observed, the researchers wrote in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

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