Title

Is hand hygiene linked to health benefits in the community in developed countries?

Document Type

Book chapter

Publication details

van de Mortel, TF2008, 'Is hand hygiene linked to health benefits in the community in developed countries?', in PL Anderson & JP Lachan (eds), Hygiene and its role in health, Nova Publishers, pp. 181-213.

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Abstract

Hygiene refers to practices associated with ensuring good health and cleanliness. The scientific term "hygiene" refers to the maintenance of health and healthy living. The term appears in phrases such as personal hygiene, domestic hygiene, dental hygiene, and occupational hygiene and is frequently used in connection with public health. The term "hygiene" is derived from Hygieia, the Greek goddess of health, cleanliness and sanitation. Hygiene is also a science that deals with the promotion and preservation of health. This new book presents recent and important research in this field.