Patient deception in healthcare: Longitudinal effects of different educational interventions




Curtis, Drew A.
Nicks, Kendra L.
Han-Hung, Huang

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North American Journal of Psychology


Many professionals hold inaccurate beliefs about cues to deception and possess negative attitudes toward patient deception. Recent research has revealed that deception workshops can be effective in increasing accurate beliefs and reducing negative attitudes. The purpose of the current study was twofold: to explore the interdisciplinary delivery of education about patient deception, and to examine the longitudinal effects of teaching about deception. The study was conducted with 77 participants at three time intervals: pre-test, post-test, and three-month follow-up. Participants were provided with either a workshop or classroom discussion about deception after the pre-test and before the post-test. The workshop and discussion resulted in less negative attitudes for both delivery formats and from both disciplines. The change in attitudes was also sustained at the three month follow-up for the workshop condition. Teaching about patient deception, regardless of the format or discipline is effective in correcting inaccurate beliefs, reducing negative attitudes, and increased lie acceptability. Further implications and clinical applications are discussed.



Deception, Patient deception, Physical therapists, Beliefs, Attitudes


This is the publisher’s version of an article that is available at Recommended citation: Curtis, D. A., Nicks, K. L., & Huang, H.-H. (2021). Patient deception in healthcare: Longitudinal effects of different educational interventions. North American Journal of Psychology, 23(1). This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.