The Use of Deception in Public Health Behavioral Intervention Trials: A Case Study of Three Online Alcohol Trials
2013 (English)In: American Journal of Bioethics, ISSN 1526-5161, E-ISSN 1536-0075, Vol. 13, no 11, 39-47 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR and FRANCIS LTD, 4 PARK SQUARE, MILTON PARK, ABINGDON OX14 4RN, OXFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND , 2013. Vol. 13, no 11, 39-47 p.
public health, research ethics
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102077DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2013.839751ISI: 000326351600014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-102077DiVA: diva2:670514