The use of deception in public health behavioral intervention trials: a case study of three online alcohol trials.


McCambridge, J; Kypri, K; Bendtsen, P; Porter, J; (2013) The use of deception in public health behavioral intervention trials: a case study of three online alcohol trials. The American journal of bioethics, 13 (11). pp. 39-47. ISSN 1526-5161 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/15265161.2013.839751

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Abstract

Some public health behavioral intervention research studies involve deception. A methodological imperative to minimize bias can be in conflict with the ethical principle of informed consent. As a case study, we examine the specific forms of deception used in three online randomized controlled trials evaluating brief alcohol interventions. We elaborate our own decision making about the use of deception in these trials, and present our ongoing findings and uncertainties. We discuss the value of the approach of pragmatism for examining these kinds of ethical issues that can arise in research on public health interventions.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 24161181
Web of Science ID: 326351600014
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1300684

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