Research team notes a 10% increase with proper signage
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/18/2013 -- For those who concern themselves with the hygiene of others, especially forgetful men who are returning from a trip to the bathroom, there may be a promising new development in the form of new bathroom reminders.
New research suggests that the institutions that want to boost the percentage of males who wash their hands, simply need to post “good hygiene” messages within their washrooms.
Led researcher Maria Lapinski of Michigan State University asked men about their personal washing frequency when visiting the bathroom.
Men stated that they tend to wash their hands 75% of the time, and that number is likely not far off. A study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that 77% of men wash their hands following the use of a restroom.
Researches posted signs in bathrooms and stated “4 Out of 5 Males Wash Their Hands,” accompanied by a picture of students wearing Michigan State University hates. The signs also included details about the proper etiquette for washing one's hands.
Lapinski's team tracked the hand-washing routines of male patrons following the posting of the signs, interviewing the men after they left. When the signs were in place, there was a nearly 10% increase in hand-washing amongst men (86% to be exact).
"It is important from a public health standpoint, because quality hand-washing can prevent transmission of many diseases, and we have good evidence that people typically don't do it as often or as well as they should," Lapinski said in an International Communication Association news release.
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