Hand washing research

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Research conducted by University of Denver (DU) associate professor Renée Botta suggests that it takes “gross” messaging to get undergraduate students to wash their hands more frequently after going to the bathroom.

In the fall quarter of 2007, researchers posted messages in the bathrooms of two DU undergraduate residence halls. The messages said things like, “Poo on you, wash your hands” or “You just peed, wash your hands,” and contained vivid graphics and photos. The messages resulted in increased handwashing among females by 26 percent and among males by 8 percent.

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