Behavioural science and disease prevention psychological guidance: Encouraging hand hygiene in the community

Lucie Byrne-Davis*, Angel Chater, Madelynne A Arden, Chris Armitage, Paul Chadwick, John Drury, Tracy Epton, Jo Hart, Atiya Kamal, Lesley Lewis, Emily McBride, Daryl O'Connor, Saskia Perriard-Abdoh, Gillian Shorter, Vivian Swanson, Ellie Whittaker, Claire Kilpatrick, Jules Storr

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Hand hygiene is one of the most important measures to prevent Covid-19 transmission. The good news is that the World Health Organization has been successfully promoting hand hygiene globally since at least 2009, but high-income countries have not been a focus for this guidance until Covid-19. This document supplements other hand hygiene and behavioural science guidance, and focuses specifically on psychological considerations and the behavioural science to support effective action.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBritish Psychological Society
Commissioning bodyBritish Psychological Society
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2020

Bibliographical note

Authors are Document Lead, Taskforce Lead, and Alphabetical BSDP taskforce, Directors of s3 Global who consult to the World Health Organization on hand hygiene

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Behaviour Change
  • Hand hygiene
  • Hand washing
  • COVID-19 guidance
  • health psychology
  • evidence based guidance

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    Byrne-Davis, L., Chater, A., Arden, M. A., Armitage, C., Chadwick, P., Drury, J., Epton, T., Hart, J., Kamal, A., Lewis, L., McBride, E., O'Connor, D., Perriard-Abdoh, S., Shorter, G., Swanson, V., Whittaker, E., Kilpatrick, C., & Storr, J. (2020). Behavioural science and disease prevention psychological guidance: Encouraging hand hygiene in the community. British Psychological Society. https://www.bps.org.uk/sites/www.bps.org.uk/files/Policy/Policy%20-%20Files/Encouraging%20hand%20hygiene%20in%20the%20community.pdf