Reexamination of the Ethics of Placebo Use in Clinical Practice

@article{Asai2013ReexaminationOT,
  title={Reexamination of the Ethics of Placebo Use in Clinical Practice},
  author={Atsushi Asai and Yasuhiro Kadooka},
  journal={Wiley-Blackwell: Bioethics},
  year={2013}
}
A placebo is a substance or intervention believed to be inactive, but is administered by the healthcare professional as if it was an active medication. Unlike standard treatments, clinical use of placebo usually involves deception and is therefore ethically problematic. Our attitudes toward the clinical use of placebo, which inevitably includes deception or withholding information, have a tremendous effect on our practice regarding truth-telling and informed consent. A casual attitude towards… 
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