wish bias

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wish bias 

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wish bias

PSYCHOLOGY, CLINICAL TRIALS

A popular term for a type of systemic error introduced into a clinical study by the tendency of patients1, or investigators2 to fit data or other information into a personal scheme of how they believe things ought to be.

1E.g., by an obese patient to underreport foodconsumption 2E.g., to report only trials with positive findings or results that support a particular perspective

Reference J Clin Epidemiology 1990; 43:619–621

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