The Hawthorne Effect and Why It Matters

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By Amanda Holdan-Sinisi

You may have heard it before: direct observation doesn’t work. But why? Seeing is believing, so it may seem assumptive or just plain pessimistic to write off direct observation as an ineffective way to measure hand hygiene compliance. However, it’s not cynical—it’s scientifically proven by the Hawthorne effect. The Hawthorne effect was uncovered from experiments led by sociologist Elton Mayo … Read More