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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Determination of response bias to an authority figure in satisfaction survey results for clinical trials
by Hauptmann, Kurt Josef, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 83; 1522229
Abstract (Summary)

The quality of data from clinical trials satisfaction surveys could be affected by response biases. One particular area of concern is acquiescence to a perceived authority figure, which could inflate satisfaction scores. Using a Phase 1 clinical trial data archive, this study compared two groups of subjects who completed satisfaction surveys regarding their feelings toward their treatment. One group had the survey administered to them by the Medical Director of the clinic, and the other group had the survey administered to them by a nonauthority figure. It was hypothesized that subjects in the authority figure condition would report higher satisfaction with the treatment than those in the nonauthority figure group. The findings indicated that in the setting of Phase I trials in healthy volunteers, acquiescence to an authority figure may indeed affect response on satisfaction surveys, although perhaps only in specific domains of satisfaction.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Amirkhan, James
Commitee: Jorgenson, Dale, Sramek, John
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Psychology, Health care management
Publication Number: 1522229
ISBN: 978-1-267-97716-8
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