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Where's the Evidence?Debates in Modern Medicine$
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William A. Silverman

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780192630889

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630889.001.0001

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Hawthorne effects

Hawthorne effects

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Where's the Evidence?

William A. Silverman

Oxford University Press

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

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