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Prospective Research in Health Service Settings: Health Psychology, Science and the ‘Hawthorne’ Effect

O’ Sullivan, Ian and Orbell, Sheina and Rakow, Tim and Parker, Ron (2004) 'Prospective Research in Health Service Settings: Health Psychology, Science and the ‘Hawthorne’ Effect.' Journal of Health Psychology, 9 (3). pp. 355-359. ISSN 1359-1053

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Abstract

<jats:p> Health service providers sometimes express concern about the impact of prospective survey research upon patient behaviour. To date, there is little available evidence from which to estimate the likelihood of any ‘Hawthorne’ effect on patient behaviour in health service settings. We analysed data from one of our own surveys to investigate whether inviting people to participate in research had any impact on their subsequent uptake of a screening service. Findings showed that people sent a questionnaire were slightly faster to take up screening than those not sent a questionnaire. We obtained no significant difference in absolute service uptake rate at six months. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hawthorne effect; participation/uptake; prospective; survey
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2015 15:33
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:29
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12667

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