#Veterans Ripped Off By Fake Research Project

Posted: June 14, 2015 in Veterans


A Veterans Administration researcher used actors and pressured veterans into participating in a “secret shopper”-style project, and now the House Veteran Affairs Committee is investigating how the agency spent $900,000 for the faked study.

The head of the study, Dr. Saul Weiner, professor of medicine, pediatrics and medical education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, admitted actors were hired to portray veterans, according to a letter from the committee chairman, Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo.

The study, described as akin to a “secret shopper” program where people anonymously rate a business’ service, was supposed to measure the effectiveness of the interaction between VA doctors and their patients during appointments. The goal was to make doctors’ visits more patient-centered. Actors posing as patients presented themselves with made-up maladies and secretly recorded their interaction with the doctors for analysis.

“Firstly, the improper use of VA resources for actors’ fake maladies is beyond comprehension given VA’s wait time scandal and spending scandal,” the letter stated.

Full Story @ [WND]


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