The Hawthorne Effect in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology.


Journal Article (Review)

The Hawthorne Effect is a prevalent observer effect that causes behavioral changes among participants of epidemiological studies or infection control interventions. The purpose of the review is to describe the origins of the Hawthorne Effect, to understand the term in relation to current scientific literature, to describe characteristics of the Hawthorne effect, and to discuss methods to quantify and overcome limitations associated with the Hawthorne Effect.

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Cited Authors

  • Chen, LF; Vander Weg, MW; Hofmann, DA; Reisinger, HS

Published Date

  • December 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1444 - 1450

PubMed ID

  • 26383964

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26383964

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1559-6834

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/ice.2015.216


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States