Not all placebos are the same: a debate on the ethics of placebo use in clinical trials versus clinical practice

Cahana, Alex; Romagnioli, Simone
February 2007
Journal of Anesthesia;2007, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p102
Academic Journal
A case study is presented regarding the debate on ethics of placebo use in clinical trials and clinical practice. The use of placebo in the management of pain medicine has been long debated. Placebo use in clinical trials may include determining clinical efficacy of a treatment and control in an experimental situation. Placebo use in clinical care appears to respect the principles of patients and physicians.


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