Hofling (1966)

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What was the aim of the Hofling (1966) study?
To discover if nurses would obey an order from a doctor, even if it broke hospital rules.
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Which drug was used in the study?
Boxes labelled "5mg capsules of Astroten", which were actually placebos.
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What was the role of "Dr Smith from the psychiatric department"?
He was really a researcher who would phone the hospital and tell the nurse to give 20mg of Astroten to a patient named Mr Jones, saying he would come to the hospital in 10 minutes to sign the authorisation.
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Why was it wrong for a nurse to obey "Dr Smith's" orders?
The nurse was told to give the patient 20mg of Astroten, when the bottles were labelled with the maximum dose of 10mg; it's against hospital rules for nurses to accept orders over the phone.
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What was the role of the real doctor?
He observed the nurse's actions, out of sight.
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How many nurses were given the questionnaire as a follow-up?
33, who were all uninvolved with the study.
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How many nurses obeyed the "doctor's" orders without hesitation?
21 out of 22.
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How many nurses who answered the questionnaire said they would not have obeyed an order given over the phone?
31 out of 33.
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What was the conclusion reached by the Hofling study?
The nurses believed they would not obey orders over the phone, but did so when they actually recieved the orders.
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