Association Between Financial Incentives and Participant Deception About Study Eligibility image

JAMA, January 25, 2019
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director) et al, and Emily Largent (Student Fellow Alumna)


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From the article:

"Question: Is payment associated with participant deception about research eligibility and, if so, is higher payment associated with more deception?

Findings: In this randomized survey experiment of a nationally representative sample of 2275 US adults, offers of payment to participate in an online survey were associated with substantial deception by participants about their eligibility compared with the control condition, with estimated proportions of ineligible individuals who engaged in deception ranging from 10.5% to 22.8%. Larger payments were not associated with increased rates of deception.

Meaning: Payment may be associated with deception about eligibility for study participation, but higher payment may not lead to higher rates of deception."

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