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June 7, 2016

The Hawthorne Effect Hinders Accurate Hand Hygiene Observation, Study Says

When healthcare providers know they are being watched, they are twice as likely to comply with hand hygiene guidelines. This is in comparison to when healthcare providers do not know someone is watching, according to a new study being presented at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). This phenomenon—called The Hawthorne Effect—impacts the ability to capture accurate human behavior because individuals modify their actions when they know they are being observed.

http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/news/2016/06/the-hawthorne-effect-hinders-accurate-hand-hygiene-observation-study-says.aspx

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