Bateson and Shelby provide evidence that cues of being watched can be a powerful mechanism inducing those observed to change behaviour. We designed and conducted a randomised controlled trial to assess the impact of visual cues of being watched on hand hygiene compliance. This did not demonstrate improved hand hygiene compliance associated with cues of being watched: compliance for wards with a 'cleanse your hands' poster was 87.3% and for wards without the poster it was 84.9%. This difference failed to reach statistical significance (OR=1.73, 95% CI 0.71- to 4.24, p=0.23).
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2015|
- cues of being watched
- behaviour change methods
- hand hygiene compliance