TITLE

Sham surgery can be ethical and safe

PUB. DATE
February 2003
SOURCE
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry;Feb2003, Vol. 74 Issue 2, p202
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article justifies sham surgery in clinical trials in Parkinson's disease. Sham surgery is controversial and used rarely. Its recent use in two trials assessing treatment for Parkinson's disease has, naturally enough, provoked much ethical debate. According to bioethicist Ruth Mackiln, the concept of sham surgery control produces, "tension between the highest standards of research and the highest standards of ethics." Other critics see the bigger picture, recognising that clinical trials need to benefit patients, society, and research, though still opposing sham surgery as unnecessary.
ACCESSION #
13038232

 

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