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Hawthorne effectJoe Segen2016-12-28T00:11:40+00:00
Definition A beneficial effect that health care providers have on the workers in virtually any environment when an interest is shown in the workers’ well-being.
The Hawthorne studies were conducted from 1927 to 1933 by Professors Elton Mayo and Fritz Roethlingsberger of the Harvard Business School at Western Electric’s Hawthorne plant in Chicago (see image) and tried to delineate the effects of improving the social environment and labourer-management relations in the workplace.
Note: The Hawthorne effect differs from:
(1) The “halo effect”, in which the contact with health care personnel is personal and occurs in a legitimate medical context and
(2) The placebo effect, in which the subject may believe a therapeutic effect is present, where none exists–i.e., cogito ergo sum.
Synonym Attention bias