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.
|Commitee:||Jorgenson, Dale, Sramek, John|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Psychology, Health care management|
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