Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Of all the techniques considered for affecting the behavior of patients and encouraging their clinical trial participation, nary a single researcher has considered the benefits of dissuasion. It is true on its face the concept seems a bit counterintuitive. After all, typical recruitment approaches involve persuasion, enticement, inducement and have, during less proud times, inched closer toward undue influence. What has not yet been explored is the benefit of dissuasion, or discouraging participants from refusing to participate in voluntary clinical research.