<i>Hawthorne effects</i>

William A. Silverman

in Where's the Evidence?

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780192630889
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723568 | DOI:
Hawthorne effects

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This chapter presents a 1991 commentary on the so-called Hawthorne Effect in clinical trials. The Hawthorne Effect refers to the effect (usually positive or beneficial) of being under study on the persons being studied; their knowledge of the study often influences their behaviour. It argues that the non-specific Hawthorne Effect may play a role in determining the outcomes in planned medical studies.

Keywords: clinical trials; patient care; patient outcome; planned medical studies

Chapter.  1656 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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