False Information in HIV/AIDS Prevention Study Discovered Two Years Ago, Not Included in Final Study, HHS Says
December 9, 2003
Despite recent reports that federally funded research on an HIV/AIDS prevention model may have included falsified information, HHS on Friday said that the data collectors involved were discovered two years ago and that the falsified information was excluded from the final study, United Press International reports (Mitchell, United Press International, 12/8). The Washington Times on Friday reported that three University of Maryland-Baltimore researchers admitted that they fabricated interviews with teenagers for a study on HIV/AIDS prevention, which received more than $1 million in NIH funding in 1999. Lajuane Woodard, Sheila Blackwell and Khalilah Creek, who were employed by the university's department of pediatrics, said that they made up some of the interviews for a study to evaluate an existing AIDS prevention model, called "Focus on Kids." The study, titled "Effectiveness of Standard Versus Embellished HIV Prevention," involved 817 African-American youths ages 12 to 16 and was originally published in the January issue of the journal Pediatrics by a group of nine researchers led by Ying Wu of West Virginia University (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 12/8). Alan Price, associate director of the HHS Office of Research Integrity, said that the fabricated interviews were discovered in August 2001 and reported to ORI by principal investigator Dr. Bonita Stanton, who is now at Children's Hospital of Michigan. In addition, Stanton removed all data gathered from the interviews conducted by Woodard, Blackwell and Creek.
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