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When is it ethical for a doctor to deceive a patient with a placebo?

07/22/2009

When is it ethical for a doctor to deceive a patient with a placebo?

 

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It has to be. Controlling for the placebo effect has always been a standard component of medical study, and even the ethical questions surrounding placebo does not negate the undoubted good that it does.
Posted by: Jacob Barnes on July 23 2009, 3:50 pm
"Good" is never a justification for deception - indeed no good will come of it. In a research study the patient must be told that the study is blind and that neither the patient nor the physicians will know if the placebo or actual drug is being given.
Posted by: Bernard Freedman on August 24 2009, 3:30 am
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