covert observation

covert observation

any observational study undertaken without the permission or awareness of the persons or organizations studied. Ethical objections are sometimes made to this way of proceeding. See also UNOBTRUSIVE MEASURES.
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Hospital-wide hand hygiene compliance measurements by using the previous method (covert observation by designated staff) in the final measurement quarter were not statistically different than in the first month of compliance data measured by all staff in the new program (p = 0.7503).
They have been asked to mount covert observation in areas where the police and security services suspect he may be.
The Special Reconnaissance Regiment will mount covert observation in areas police and security services believe he may be.
The proposed method is resistant to covert observation, recording, and brute-force attacks.
Also on the ground are the Special Reconnaissance Regiment which specialises in covert observation.
He kept covert observation by a post box and gave information on comings and goings to the then Bright Street sorting office (now Cannon Park).
It must be acknowledged that when nurses know that they are under observation there is the potential for improved compliance through their heightened awareness during that particular aspect of care (the 'Hawthorne effect'), (14) and covert observation has been used previously (13) for that very reason.
But just 74% of 2,144 people seen entering MCP rooms wore gowns in a covert observation study coordinated by Dr.
Early within the first chapter, surveillance is defined as the "covert observation of people, vehicles and premises." It is here that the authors differentiate physical surveillance, which involves direct visual observation, from technical surveillance, which involves the use of electronic eavesdropping equipment.
Three gunmen pulled up in an estate car and fired ten rounds at the covert observation point near Khost at 6am British time yesterday.
Three gunmen pulled up in an estate-type car and fired about 10 rounds at the covert observation point near Khost at about 6am British time yesterday.