MTurk used to study cancer survivors

A new study examines cancer survivors who are also MTurk workers.

“Within a <4-month period, 464 self-identified cancer survivors on MTurk consented to and completed an online assessment. The vast majority (79.09%) provided reliable and valid study data according to multiple indices. The sample was highly diverse in terms of U.S. geography, socioeconomic status, and cancer type, and reflected a particularly strong presence of distressed and young adult cancer survivors (median age = 36 years). A majority of participants (58.19%) responded to a second survey sent one week later.”

It is a bit worrisome that 20% did not provide reliable and valid data–are these people pretending to be cancer survivors?


Arch, Joanna J., and Alaina L. Carr. “Using Mechanical Turk for research on cancer survivors.” Psycho‐Oncology (2016).


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