TITLE

Ethical considerations concerning treatment allocation in drug development trials

AUTHOR(S)
Senn, S
PUB. DATE
October 2002
SOURCE
Statistical Methods in Medical Research;Oct2002, Vol. 11 Issue 5, p403
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
journal article
ABSTRACT
It is claimed that much of the opposition to placebos is based on the misunderstanding that their use implies the withholding of effective treatments. It is also argued that the ethical feasibility of a trial must be judged by comparing the likely prognosis of patients in the trial to their expectations outside the trial. Furthermore, a longer-term perspective of the patients needs is necessary; the ethical dilemmas involved cannot be resolved at the point of sickness. Some device such as the 'original position' of the philosopher John Rawls is needed. Finally, it is argued that placebo run-ins involve a violation of consent and should be eliminated from clinical trials.
ACCESSION #
7288133

 

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