THUNK – 154. The Ethics of Placebo-Controlled Trials

“Good” medical trials are placebo-controlled, but when might it be immoral to even perform such an experiment?

-Links for the Curious-

The Ethics of Placebo-controlled Trials: Methodological Justifications (Millum & Grady, 2013) _ www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3844122/

The ethics of the placebo in clinical practice (Lichtenberg et al, 2002) – jme.bmj.com/content/30/6/551

The ethics of using placebo in randomised controlled trials: a case study of a Plasmodium vivax antirelapse trial – bmcmedethics.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12910-018-0259-4

“The Morality of A/B Testing” – techcrunch.com/2014/06/29/ethics-in-a-data-driven-world/

“What really helps the poor?” – aeon.co/essays/can-randomised-controlled-trials-test-whether-poverty-relief-works

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