Is it always unethical to use a placebo in a clinical trial?

Andreas Stang, Hans Werner Hense, Karl Heinz Jöckel, Erick Turner, Martin R. Tramèr

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Abstract

Background to the debate: Placebos are used in trials to conceal whether a treatment is being given or not and hence to control for the psychosomatic effects of offering treatment. Placebo-controlled trials are controversial. Critics of such trials argue that if a proven effective therapy exists, a placebo should not be used. But proponents argue that placebo trials are still crucial to prove the efficacy and safety of many treatments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3
Pages (from-to)177-180
Number of pages4
JournalPLoS Medicine
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

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Stang, A., Hense, H. W., Jöckel, K. H., Turner, E., & Tramèr, M. R. (2005). Is it always unethical to use a placebo in a clinical trial? PLoS Medicine, 2(3), 177-180. [3]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.0020072

Is it always unethical to use a placebo in a clinical trial? / Stang, Andreas; Hense, Hans Werner; Jöckel, Karl Heinz; Turner, Erick; Tramèr, Martin R.

In: PLoS Medicine, Vol. 2, No. 3, 3, 2005, p. 177-180.

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Stang, A, Hense, HW, Jöckel, KH, Turner, E & Tramèr, MR 2005, 'Is it always unethical to use a placebo in a clinical trial?', PLoS Medicine, vol. 2, no. 3, 3, pp. 177-180. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.0020072
Stang, Andreas ; Hense, Hans Werner ; Jöckel, Karl Heinz ; Turner, Erick ; Tramèr, Martin R. / Is it always unethical to use a placebo in a clinical trial?. In: PLoS Medicine. 2005 ; Vol. 2, No. 3. pp. 177-180.
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